The Times on Dover
As if to confirm the opinions expressed in the previous post, today's New York Times gives us this article about the ongoing trial in Dover.
The trial presents a particular challenge for the journalists from science magazines. In the courtroom hallway during a break last week, Celeste Biever, a reporter for NewScientist, was interviewing a courtroom regular, a bearded local pastor who says he considers evolution a lie.
“You want half-bird, half-fish?” she asked, drawing a dotted line on her notepad.
“Yeah, why not,” the pastor said.
Later, out of the pastor's hearing, Ms. Biever said with fascination, “He thinks evolution is a bird turning into a fish turning into a rabbit” - one straight line of common descent, instead of a tree with common roots.
“We're not just science cheerleaders, and I don't want to overlook any valid argument for intelligent design,” Ms. Biever said. “As far as I'm concerned, I haven't heard one yet.”
As for the pastor, after four days of listening to science experts dismantling the case for intelligent design, he was unimpressed.
“They're babblers,” said the pastor, the Rev. Jim Grove, who leads a 40-member independent Baptist church outside of Dover. “The more Ph.D.'s you get, it seems like the further away from God you get.”
Mr. Grove is so confused that he thinks evolution involves ridiculous chimeras like a half-bird half-fish. Then he casually dismisses the experts testifying in the trial as babblers. Tell me again about how the problem here is a handful of overzealous atheists.