Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Inappropriate Words

Boy attorney and intelligent design "theorist" extraordinaire Casey Luskin has a post up on the Discovery Institute's Evolution News and Views blog this morning that reads like a unconscious satire of his own transparently ingenuous style.

It's an Onion piece, without the onion.

Luskin is flogging his recent appearance with John West on C-SPAN-2's Book-TV to promote their highly fictionalized account of the Dover intelligent design trial, Traipsing Into Evolution.

You can watch the performance here.

According to Luskin, West believes he's found the smoking gun that proves Judge John Jones, who presided at the Dover trial, has used "inappropriate words for any court to make under our First Amendment."

Most amusing of all, Luskin follows his triumphant "inappropriate words" assertion with, "[a]nd you should agree with me regardless of whether you believe that religion can be compatible with evolution."

Well, sorry Casey, we don't quite agree.

Here's the smoking gun that West and Luskin, positively quivering with excitement, believe they've unearthed:
"The Founders believed that true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but was to be found through free, rational inquiry."

Yes, that's it. The judge was guided in his decision by what the Founders -- the authors of our Constitution -- believed. How rash of him.

Free and rational inquiry? We can't have that.


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