Ruse Weighs In
Since I've been bashing Michael Ruse quite a bit lately, it's nice to be able to link to this interesting essay from Science and Spirit magazine. In it Ruse comments both on the Court's ruling in the Dover evolution case, and also on the Darwin exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. He has nothing but praise for the former, but criticizes the latter for not being more rigorous in presenting Darwin in the context of his times as opposed to a stand-alone genius. I especially liked this quote:
Jones was unambiguous. ID is not science, he wrote; it is religion. More than this, the judge took great umbrage at the tactics of the school board and its supporters, accusing them of telling untruths and of being morally bankrupt in the ways in which they justified their case for teaching ID. What made his ruling all the more impressive is that Jones is no bleeding-heart liberal, but rather a solid conservative, a churchgoer who was appointed to his post by the Bush administration.
Basically, Jones told the world that Pennsylvanians have standards, and he was outraged that the children of his state were to be fed a load of neo-fundamentalist religion because of the ideological beliefs of a group of unscrupulous fanatics. This is not a question of right or left, he seemed to be saying, but rather a question of right and wrong—and we in Pennsylvania know the difference. Apparently, the citizens of Dover were on the same page as the judge because, even before the verdict came down, eight of the nine existing school board members were voted out in favor of a new group whose first act was to unanimously rescind the policy on ID.
I recommend reading the whole article.