Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Ohio School Board Says, "Bite Sue Me"

The Ohio state school board narrowly rejected an attempt to reopen debate yesterday on whether Ohio's lesson plans for science promote a type of creationism as a means of challenging evolution, according to an Associated Press report by Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

The board voted 9-8 against a proposal by board member Martha Wise to remove a lesson on evolution that she argues is flawed and opens the state to a lawsuit over the teaching of intelligent design.


Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which joined the American Civil Liberties Union in suing the Dover school board in Pennsylvania, is reviewing documents related to Ohio's lesson plans.

Red State Rabble -- having only a dim grasp of the legal issues involved -- doesn't know whether or not a group of plaintiffs will step forward now to challenge the Ohio lesson plan. Likewise, we have no idea what legal strategy Ohio Citizens for Science, the ACLU, and Americans United will ultimately decide to pursue.

However, if a suit is forthcoming, RSR would like to recommend the Thomas More Law Center -- that intrepid sword and shield for people of faith in the Dover intelligent design case -- as legal counsel to the Ohio board.

Their defense of the Dover School Board, while somewhat lacking in substance -- and utterly unconvincing to any objective observer -- at least gave the firm valuable experience, even if it is unlikely to garner it any nominations for law firm of the year.

We can all agree, they've been schooled.

The money the Ohio School Board saves in legal fees defending itself by using the services of the Thomas More Law Center could then go toward paying the expenses of the plaintiff's legal team.

It may be true that Thomas More's free legal advice to Dover school board will end up costing the taxpayers there about $1 million. But, it's only money, right? Why should the Ohio School Board worry about that? After all, it's not coming out of their pockets.

In our view, by far the biggest virtue of having Thomas More step to the plate once more in Ohio, is that it would grant us all one more priceless opportunity to watch the boys in Seattle try to spin catastrophic defeat into a something resembling victory.

If ever the Discovery Institute finds a way to do it -- and so far, the hysterical spinning that followed the Dover debacle gives no hint that they will -- Rumpelstiltskin will have nothing on them.


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