Well, Answers in Genesis Ministries, whom a Discovery Institute spokesman has referred to as “guitar-strumming hillbillies,” have produced their response to Judge Cooper’s decision in the Cobb Country disclaimer-sticker case. It echoes (borrows, steals?) much of the Discovery Institute’s spin which I have already dispatched. I’ll make three points again.
- The judge found that the disclaimer-stickers hurt biology education and did not foster critical thinking, despite the board’s best intentions.
- In fact, he found that the disclaimer-stickers hurt education in such a way that only sectarian interests (creationism et al.) benefited. This caused a violation of the Lemon test.
- The decision is neither activist nor bizarre. All Lemon prongs must be satisfied, not just one.