Don’t drink the water. It’s been muddied.
In his cross-examination of Dr. Barbara Forrest, Dick Thompson, the director of the Thomas More Law Center, launched into Dr. Forrest’s membership in the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, People for the American Way, and the New Orleans Secular Humanists Association (NOSHA).
When Thompson framed a question by listing a variety of stances the ACLU takes, our attorney Eric Rothschild objected, stating, “This has absolutely no relevance.”
Judge Jones agreed and said, “We could be here for days if we go into other issues.”
After Thompson questioned Dr. Forrest about her membership in NOSHA, her belief in the supernatural, and her belief in “the immortality of the soul,” Eric objected on the basis of a federal rule that prohibits questioning a witness on his/her religious beliefs in an attempt to impeach his/her credibility.
Earlier, under direct questioning, Dr. Forrest continued her examination of the development and motivation of the intelligent design movement. This included further investigation into “the wedge strategy,” including its three phases.
According to Dr. Forrest, the ID movement has moved forward with all three phases but, by the admission of the movement’s own leaders, is lacking in the scientific research, which is phase I.
In a question about the curriculum change at Dover, a Seattle Times article from March 2005, paraphrased the answer of Dr. Stephen Meyer, a fellow at the Discovery Institute, saying, “Intelligent design isn’t established enough for that yet.”
Dr. Forrest testified that ID leaders admit that the scientific research on ID is lacking.
Submitted by Andy Hoover, community education organizer, ACLU of PA