Is Intelligent Design Like Scientology?

FFRF considers “Dover” to mean all cases including those going on right now where attempts “to teach the controversy” are introduced by any governmental education entity. The Dover decision was front and center in the discussion and threatened law suits in the recent Arizona Science Education Standards on Climate Change and Evolution. Dover is a Federal Precedent. It has the force of law across the United States. No local Board of Education can go against Dover. And no judge can go against it either because it was never appealed to a higher court so the lower court decision stands for the entire US forever.

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Is being a cult all that bad? Christianity was a cult before it became mainstream.

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Depends what you mean by “cult.” In the definitions that seem to be in play here, it is always bad to be in a cult.

Let me explain what I was referring to as a cult when I was speaking about what happened to Eric. When I used that term, I was referring to the very small group of ID proponents directly around Eric. It might have been just Marks and his thesis committee. It could have been a little bit broader than this. I said the cult of ID. I meant that little group at Baylor and perhaps elsewhere who were in charge of Eric’s PhD program. That’s all. It probably was the wrong term to use, perhaps cabal of ID would have been better.

You seem to be unaware of the processes by which cases reach the Supreme Court from the lower courts.

Can you point specifically to just exactly what the Dover/Kansas/Arizona/and all those other cases going on right now and therefore not yet decided prohibit? Please be specific and cite the relevant portion of the ruling or the not a ruling yet, as the case may be.

Did the NY Times get this wrong?

Judge Jones’s decision is legally binding only for school districts in the middle district of Pennsylvania.

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/21/education/judge-rejects-teaching-intelligent-design.html

@Mung you are really missing the point. Perhaps we can talk a lawyer with expertise here to do an office hours to explain. The reason DI opposed Dover is because it was guaranteed to lead to this disastrous ruling for them, setting the precedent that ID = Creationism (from a legal sense). The ruling was only about Dover, but it was in Federal court, and counts as precedence for the whole country. This the de facto legal reality until they go back to Federal court someday and get a ruling that goes the other way.

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I am certainly aware of the processes by which cases reach the Supreme Court from lower courts. Supreme Court cases must peculate up from Appellate Courts. Given that Dover (at Federal District Level) wasn’t appealed to the Appellate Court, it can’t be brought to the Supreme Court. Dover is done, end of story forever.

Yes, ID has been ruled as creationism which is religion and cannot be taught in public schools. It would be a violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.

Did the NY Times get this wrong?

On Dec 20, 2005 the NY Times had it correct that the District Court ruling only applied to the middle district of Pennsylvania. But once the statute of limitation ran out on the possibility of an appeal to the 3rd District Court of Appeals, the lower court ruling becomes Federal precedent for the entire country forever. Even the Supreme Court has to follow its precedent.

No, this is the de facto legal reality forever, it can’t go back to Federal Court ever, it is precedent and has force of law forever. The same applies to same sex marriage and slavery. Can’t be revisited.

That is not true. Courts can rule against precedent. They do all the time.

No they don’t. FFRF had a recent case at the 9th Circuit Court of appeals. The judges wanted to go against percent in a lower court in a different part of the country but couldn’t. They even said that they would have ruled against the precedent but couldn’t. I am not a constitutional lawyer but I think this is somehow in the constitution. Nonetheless, Dover is permanent.

This is really important today as many Christians believe that if they can get the right judges on the Supreme Court that they can get same sex marriage reversed or Roe vs. Wade reversed. The legal reality is that they can’t just revisit it and over turn precedent.

Yeah, that doesn’t make sense.to me. But neither fo us are lawyers. Let’s wait till we find one, and pick it up with them.

ok, lets think about this. Say there are 9 judges on the supreme court who think that Roe vs. Wade was decided incorrectly. The Supreme Court can’t issue an opinion on a settled case. And they don’t have a present case in front of them because a case challenging legalize abortion can’t get to them by peculating up from the District and Appellate Courts because of precedence. So a challenge to Roe v. Wade has no way to get to the Supreme Court. It really is pretty simple.

Now Congress could enact a law banning abortion and the President could sign it. Within 24 hours, any Federal Judge can deem it unconstitutional with prejudice and the precedent of Roe v. Wade stands.

Even evolutionary biologists look at ID as a older view. In fact, it was the prevalent view before Darwin’s theory came to be widely acknowledged.
DI and the court cases are arecent resurgence an old scientific view.

This is ridiculous. I could say that most mainstream scientists say science is not athiestic in public. But In private and non scientific circles, their true colours come out… This is a wrong argument because people are entitled to their personal belief systems
and opinions.

It’s not ridiculous at all. Scientists keeping their religion to themselves aren’t advocating the use of subterfuge for the illegal introduction of religious views into public school science classes. ID proponents are.

When the schism happened in the CotFSM (Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), and the metal colander followers looked unfavorably down upon the plastic colander followers, the stage was set, not only for a permanent new denominational split, but for some unscrupulous rabble rouser to pawn himself off as the new Chief Colander Wearer.
Our very own @Patrick led a small group of spaghetti devotees to New Jersey, and began referring to the Monster as “Ambulatory,” rather than “Flying” – effectively rendering the very Monster itself flightless, and not nearly as monstrous, upon which he set out to write a new best-selling book to justify the change, which sold so miserably he began collecting dues from his small contingency of Monster members.
It’s not a cult, exactly, but a very expensive price for a plate of mythical ambulatory spaghetti, if you ask me.
I was told by a reliable source that he had read the “Dianetics” book by L. Ron Hubbard, and that he simply translated some of Hubbard’s tactics into launching his own religious version of the Cot(F, but now)ASM.
Don’t buy into his protestations of innocence. It’s all an attempt to distract from the real issues. Caveat Emptor!!!

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Equivcoation alert. We are talking about the ID movement, which begins in the 1990s. Try again.

@Ashwin_s, this is one place your Indian context is just going to be different. This does not apply to you, but it might apply to a lot of ID people here.

Actually I have read a large no: of ID scientists say explicitly that religious views should not be taught in school.
Having said that, I am quite skeptical of how neutral evolution is with regard to theology. So the point might be moot anyway.

I agree… will try to keep away from court cases and stuff!

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Why such a narrow definition that is restricted to a few decades and one country (the US). It’s not like this view does not have history older than the 1990s outside the US context.
No offence meant. But sometimes Americans behave like the rest of the world doesn’t exist.