Here is Judge John E. Jones III receiving an honorary doctorate just six months after rendering his decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover (check out Dickinson College’s reasons for conferring the degree). How many honorary doctorates has the Judge racked up since then? (I’m told four, but I have yet to confirm that.) Not bad for someone who went from head of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to towering intellect of American jurisprudence.
There’s a lesson in all this. ID is often presented as a “conservative thing.” But conservatives and liberals alike are intent on pleasing and being rewarded by the pro-Darwin lobby (witness the Republican Judge Jones — I expect the biggest worry weighing on him in Kitzmiller was how to justify a pro-ID decision to his golf buddies at the country club). George Bush may make supporting noises for ID when confronted on the matter by the press, but when push comes to shove he defers to his science adviser John Marburger, who takes his marching orders from the NCSE.
Ron Numbers informs me that over 100 professional societies have weighed in officially against ID. (Again, I’d like to see this confirmed.) Don’t expect people with a finger in the wind to help ID. ID is the intellectual elite’s equivalent of leprosy. In the present circumstances, we are better off being opposed by liberals and conservatives alike.