South Dakota just passed a law making abortion a felony except in case of medical emergency. It’s now just a matter for the governor to sign it which everyone expects him to do. The law is designed to force the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade. The present Supreme Court is unlikely to hold up Roe v. Wade which is based on a made up out of whole cloth (mythical) constitutional guarantee of privacy. It will become again a matter for states to decide for themselves. This is as it should be. A bunch of politicians or judges in Washington have no business defining the moral standards that the good and free people of South Dakota or any other state must live with. Legislated moral values not explicitely enumerated in the constitution are simply something the federal government has no business dictating to the states.
This is the eventual path that ID in public schools will take – each state will decide for itself. I almost feel sorry for the vocal minority that refuses to allow a school board to insist that students be informed that evolution is a theory, not a fact, and as such should be carefully studied and critically considered. In so doing they’ve allowed us to frame them as atheist zealots out to censor any interpretation of empirical data that doesn’t conform to an atheist worldview. Framed in that manner a vast majority is alienated. Now they’re discovering to their elitist academic intellectual chagrin that they live in a democracy. The NCSE’s desperate push to recruit churches onto their side is a real knee slapper as Pim Van Meurs’ headline shrieks US Scientists enlist clergy in evolution battle. That’s just SO hilarious. 🙂
In the culture wars, there’s no doubt that NeoDarwinian evolution is a rallying point for the liberal left and ID is a rallying point with the conservative right. It’s also amusing that Panda’s Thumb author Reed Cartwright announced PT’s nomination for best community award without mentioning in the headline it’s the Koufax Award which only goes to websites promoting “progressive politics” which of course is code for the politics of the liberal left. It’s named the Koufax Award after Sandy Koufax the famous LEFT-handed baseball pitcher. Is Reed trying to make the nomination out to be more than it is or is he trying to bury the fact that NeoDarwinian evolution is a rallying point for the leftists?
As I’ve been saying on blogs for over a year now, the only thing propping up the NeoDarwinian fairy tale today is judicial fiat and that last leg is about to be kicked out from under it. ID will be presented alongside RM+NS and the two will have to compete in the open on a level playing field for the hearts and minds of a new generation. All of us here I think are quite comfortable letting ID and RM+NS compete on a level playing field. That’s because we understand that ID is a strong idea able to compete and win. The NeoDarwinian dogmatists also understand that ID is a strong idea able to compete and win which is why they desperately oppose even mentioning its name to a student. I sometimes wonder if they realize how transparent they are.