. . . Why would the new board keep in place the evolution policy it once so ardently opposed? The School DistrictÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s suit brought national attention and ridicule to the community, and the testimony of the former board members exacerbated the situation. A likely forthcoming decision by Judge Jones would overrule both the board and the theory of intelligent design. By rescinding the old board’s evolution policy prior to a court ruling, the new board might have curtailed legal costs and fees incurred by a victorious ACLU and AUSCS. But the new board accepted a likely stinging defeat in court, with painful legal bills attached.
It is now three months following the Dover Area School DistrictÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s courtroom defeat and the ACLU, AUSCS, and the new board members have some tough questions to answer. The groupsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ostensibly charitable demands for $1 million in costs and attorneysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ fees (rather than the original $2 million) needs to be explained in greater detail than has henceforth been granted. Dover Board member Rehm hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t returned phone calls or answered e-mails.
With a $1 million reimbursement from the Dover School District, and their ongoing public relations campaign to pose as generous compromisers in this struggle, the ACLU and AUSCS are playing up their achievement to the broader American public, over three quarters of which want intelligent design taught alongside Darwinism in schools. In the words of ACLUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Eric Rothschild following their victory in Dover: “Are we a little bit famous now? Yes, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazing.”