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A Comparison of Judge Jones’ Opinion in Kitzmiller v. Dover with Plaintiffs’ Proposed “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law”

In December of 2005, critics of the theory of intelligent design (ID) hailed federal judge John E. Jones’ ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover, which declared unconstitutional the reading of a statement about intelligent design in public school science classrooms in Dover, Pennsylvania. Since the decision was issued, Jones’ 139-page judicial opinion has been lavished with praise as a “masterful decision” based …

Do Car Engines Run on Lugnuts?

Abstract In Kitzmiller v. Dover, Judge John E. Jones ruled harshly against the scientific validity of intelligent design. Judge Jones ruled that the irreducible complexity of the bacterial flagellum, as argued by intelligent design proponents during the trial, was refuted by the testimony of the plaintiffs’ expert biology witness, Dr. Kenneth Miller. Dr. Miller misconstrued design theorist Michael Behe’s definition of …

Whose “War” Is It, Anyway?

Introduction While intelligent design scientists and researchers see their efforts to develop the emerging theory of intelligent design as a search for objective answers, journalist Chris Mooney sees an army dedicated to destroying science itself. These mild-mannered scientists, who base their research on the scientific method and empirical evidence never thought their work would be twisted by critics into a …

Coalition Letter

Dear Senator: Earlier this year, we wrote you outlining our concerns about the effects of network neutrality proposals that have been discussed in the U.S. Senate. Communicating with our constituencies is of the utmost importance to us and is an invaluable tool as we seek to broaden our message on issues that are important to our nation’s culture. Any legislative …

Testimony of Wesley J. Smith, JD, Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Hearing: May 23rd, in Support of Strengthening the Law Against “Animal Rights” Terrorism

My name is Wesley J. Smith. I am a lawyer, author, and consumer advocate. I am a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. For more than ten years I have been deeply engaged internationally in public policy debates about the most important bioethical issues facing our nation and global …

Net Neutrality Letter

Dear Mssrs. Barton and Dingell: Having studied telecommunications and Internet policy for many years, we are writing to express our concerns about the impact of “net neutrality” language contained in legislation that passed the Energy and Commerce Committee in last month. The bill would have the effect of codifying the Federal Communications Commission’s “Net Neutrality Principles,” and would give the …

May 2006 Net Neutrality Letter

Dear Senator: We write to you with concern about the effects “network neutrality” proposals will have on the efficacy of the Internet. The Internet is invaluable to us and our constituencies. Any federal action that could halt or hinder our use of the Internet is most unwelcome.

Coalition Opposes Net Neutrality

Dear Chairman Barton: As members of the free-market community, we, the undersigned organizations, are encouraged that the latest draft of the telecommunications legislation takes positive, market-oriented steps to offer video service providers an alternative to the burdensome labyrinth of local franchise laws while avoiding regulatory pitfalls such as mandated access, rate regulation, and build-out requirements. However, concerns remain, particularly relating …

Appendix A. Amicus Brief filed by Discovery Institute in Tammy J. Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District and Dover Area School District Board of Directors

Plaintiffs have falsely asserted that the scientific theory of intelligent design postulates a “supernatural” creator. In fact, the scientists and philosophers of science who have developed the theory of intelligent design have consistently maintained that the scientific evidence and the methods of design detection that they employ cannot establish whether the intelligent cause(s) responsible for life are inside or outside of nature. Amicus appends the following excerpts from the writings of scientists who support the theory of intelligent design in order to demonstrate this fact. ... Read More ›

Nature’s Book Shelved

Does nature provide evidence of a cosmic maker? The answer of the religious skeptic is obvious: No. An essay in Scientific American communicates this view sarcastically, poking fun at a Georgia public-school textbook sticker warning students that evolution is just a theory. Confident that neo-Darwinism provides a thoroughly undirected and unimpeachable account of life from the first organism to the …