Monday, June 28, 2010

COM: Some Comeuppance

From the Austin Chronicle

Creationists Get Schooled in Court
BY LEE NICHOLS

A group of Texas religious fundamentalists has lost yet another battle in its war against science and managed to piss off a judge in the process. On June 18, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed a request for summary judgment by the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research in its suit against the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The ICR sought to offer a master's degree in science education from "a Biblical scientific creationist viewpoint," which the coordinating board refused to recognize as legitimate. ICR sued on the grounds that its First and 14th Amendment rights to free speech, free exercise, equal protection, and due process were violated. Sparks said ICR's claims were not obvious enough for summary judgment, and not only that, but the complaint was so ridiculously worded that it was difficult to understand. In his decision, Sparks wrote, "It appears that although the Court has twice required Plaintiff to re-plead and set forth a short and plain statement of the relief requested, Plaintiff is entirely unable to file a complaint which is not overly verbose, disjointed, incoherent, maundering, and full of irrelevant information."

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