June 22, 2010

Texas got something right

Via Religion Clause — A federal court in Texas denied the Institute for Creation Research Graduate Studies program's attempt to have its "Master's Degree" in "science education" certified by the State.

The ICR made a series of constitutional claims to its rights to be a collection of buffoons but was told to go pound sand pursuant to each. At least, they seemed to make those claims. The court had to guess:
[A]lthough it is difficult to follow ICRGS’s complaint, it appears ICRGS contends the Board engaged in "viewpoint discrimination" against ICRGS, thereby violating its constitutional rights to free exercise of religion, free speech, and equal protection.
In what appears to be an attempt to raise a substantive due process claim, ICRGS also asserts the Board "us[ed] arbitrary norms and procedures to deny ICRGS a license to which it was duly entitled."
So the ICR won't be looking to accredit its law school at this point.

The frightening thing is that the ICR did at first have its "Master's Degree" certified by the State, but the Board revisited the application with a different team of inspectors who knew exactly what those madcaps were up to and who put the kibosh on the initial approval.

That's when the "biblical scientific creationists" sued and last week finally got tackled down by another white male Republican appointed by a member of the Bush family of strict constructionists.

Creationists have never won a court case since John T. Scopes was fined $100 in 1925. But Senate candidate Ron Johnson supports it.

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