The magazine who made these men “Man of the Year”
1938 – Adolf Hitler
1939 – Joseph Stalin
1942 – Joseph Stalin
1957 – Nikita Krushchev
1979 – Ayatullah Khomeini
now brings you Judge John Jones as a 2006 Honorable (pun intended) Mention.
Here is the full list: http://www.time.com/time/2006/time100/index.html
Here is the page on Judge Jones: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1187265,00.html
TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World
From the Magazine | Scientists & Thinkers
The Judge Who Ruled for Darwin
By MATT RIDLEY
Judge John Jones must have seemed like the answer to creationists’ prayers: a Bush-appointed Republican federal judge, and a Lutheran to boot, chosen by lot to decide whether school-board guidance on the teaching of intelligent design to public schools in Dover, Pa., breached the First Amendment separation of church and state. When Jones delivered his judgment in December, however, he proved to be the answer to Darwinians’ prayers instead.
In a rebuke to the proponents of intelligent design, Jones called the phrase “a mere relabeling of creationism,” intended to get around the 1987 judicial ban on teaching creationism as science in public schools, and a “breathtaking inanity” that fails the test as science. He castigated its proponents and said Dover’s students, parents and teachers “deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom.”
Intelligent design was indeed a euphemism specially intended to get around judges. But it didn’t get past Jones, 50, the grandson of a golf-course developer of Welsh ancestry, whose previous claims to fame were a failed attempt to privatize Pennsylvania’s state liquor stores as chairman of the Liquor Control BoardÃ‚Âand banning Bad Frog Beer on the grounds that its label was obscene. He now finds himself an unlikely hero for scientists, many of whom credit his decision with taking some steam out of the intelligent-design movement.
Had Jones been a Democrat or an atheist, his judgment might have had less impact. He displayed not only a quick wit in the courtroom but also an easy grasp of complex arguments about such things as the molecular motor that drives the bacterial flagellumÃ‚Âwhich the creationists believe has “irreducible complexity” and therefore could not have been designed except by a designer. Perhaps now, after Jones, people will accept that if they want to teach children about God, they should do so in church, not in science classes.
(Judge Jones is fourth from the right on the bottom row)
Is that a halo around Judge Jones’ head? 🙄