Saturday, June 20, 1987

A Tragesty of Justice has Occurred!

As you may have heard, the Supreme Court has just handed down a land-mark ruling that may spell the death-knell for academic freedom in our nation's biological science classrooms. In the case of Edwards v. Aguillard, the Court ruled in favor of Edwards. Or Aguillard. I don't remember which.

Whichever one was the evolutionist. That's the guy who won.

With this ruling, Louisiana's "Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction Act" is null and void, as the so-called law violated the so-called Establishment Clause of the so-called Constitution. And with the unfortunate precedent this sets, all other laws mandating academic freedom are guilty by association.

The ruling isn't all that surprising, of course. The decks were clearly stacked against the poor pro-freedom creationists from the beginning, as the anti-freedom forces of Big Darwin rallied their troops with all manner of amicus briefs and what-have-you. I can only hope that Edwards and/or Aguillard (whichever guy lost) will serve his jail term with dignity.

While this is certainly a setback for us academic freedomists, I don't think it's the end of the road. I'm sure there's some way for the creation scientists - all very intelligent people - to design some sort of curriculum that won't trip that silly "establishment clause."