Wow, after watching the PBS NOVA recap of the Kitzmiller vs Dover case, involving evolution against intelligent design, I have only the following to say:
Michael Behe: as we’ve known for a long time, you are either very dumb or an incompetent fraud. Piss off, ok?
Creationists: we laugh at you. Lots.
Intelligent design supporters: most likely you are simply ignorant of the science behind evolution, but failing that you are either willfully ignorant of such, or just plain stupid, stupid, stupid. Especially since you’re really nothing but a creationist. Yes, we’re laughing at you.
Lots. And lots.
Ken Miller. while a valiant defender of evolution, you really need to let go of this whole “god of the gaps” belief that keeps you among the faithful. You’re just going to be continually disappointed. Come on over, the water is fine and the grass is greener.
Tammy Kitzmiller, and all the other plaintiffs in this trial, you are to be commended for your willingness to stand up to the idiocy of intelligent design, the violent threats from so many “good Christians” around you, and the general scorn of your community in defense of the pursuit of truth. I only hope that I would demonstrate the same will confronted with the same situation.
Judge John Jones, despite being put in place by religious conservatives, you were open-minded enough to fairly evaluate the information before you, and to see intelligent design for the intellectual dishonesty that it is. After dealing with so much right-wing hackery in the last three to four years, you are a small miracle in the world (amen!).
In closing, darn fine documentary, from which we all could learn a thing or two (although, really, intelligent design proponents and creationists could learn significantly more, like, say, a million billion things)*.
Note: PZ Myers was liveblogging the show. With Diet Coke. Which is nothing at all like beer. Which means I’m cooler.
Note 2: Too funny – in the Discovery Institute’s “Woe is Us Because We’re Dishonest Cretins” response to the show, they have the nerve to say the following about why their superstars, such as Michael “Flagellate This” Behe, didn’t make an official appearance:
Past experience with the media teaches that intelligent design is often misrepresented, especially through the editing process. Quotes taken out of context are used to mislead the viewer, often with effective results.
Creationists upset about quote mining? That’s cute!
* But they won’t.