Lawyer who helped win Dover case dies


Lawyer who helped win Dover case dies

Joseph M. Farber was committed to civil liberties, an associate said.

Jun 1, 2006 — Joseph M. Farber, 34, of Narberth, who was a member of the team of lawyers who won a court decision barring the teaching of intelligent design, died of a brain tumor May 22 at home.


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A shame. I hope his family is doing well. And props to Bruce for posting the ABTA and NBTF links.

Anyone want to place bets on the chance that some religious right types will say this is God’s punishment?

As any good Jew is supposed to say upon hearing the news of a human being’s death, I declare:

The Lord has given, the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the true judge.

Also, to his family and loved ones:

May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Rich, this is an in-appropriate time to bring up an off-topic subject. We are honoring the dead here.

My sincere condolences to Mr. Farber’s loved ones, and best of luck to him in the next world.

Very sad news. My prayers are with his family. And I’d say the same even if he was on the team that defended the pseudoscience.

Hear that, Pat Robertson?

Rich’s comment, which bordered on baiting, was rightly removed. Will a moderator please do the same for the outright insulting post by “beelzebub”?

My condolences to Mr. Farber’s family and friends.

This serves as a reminder that many people contributed to the Panda Trial that did not see their names in headlines. It is also a reminder that Hank Williams was correct when he sang, “Nobody gets out of this world alive.”

Bonus cut “Only the good die young,” “fade to black.”

Best wishes to his wife and children. Few Americans will ever understand the debt they owe to Joseph M. Farber.

Joe Farber, this glass of Yuengling is in your honor, buddy.


As a father of a daughter who survived a brain tumor, and as a long time contributor to the American Brain Tumor Association, I say best wishes, departed friend.

I am thankful for the work he did for the betterment of man and freedom of thought. I hope the theistic condolences are genuine and not designed to make some other point. Apologies to any who felt offense — you are correct we should honour the man and his memory. I will give the resident troll the benefit of the doubt.


There but for the grace of god go I. raAmen

And I’m an atheist.

Reading the responses, it reminds me that there are so many people working against ignorance that it’s easy to forget them. It’s easy to forget the contributions that one person can make - including ourselves.

I’m sorry to hear of Joseph Farber’s death. Undoubtedly he worked on the case even during his illness. We won’t forget his dedication.

My condolences to his family.

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. John Donne

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

I was Joe’s room mate in college for a number of years when he was a philosophy major. We’d stay up many late nights debating matters such as evolution and religion. It’s nice to know he was able to work on a case that I know he believed in. He was a great guy and his life too short.

All lives are too short.

I am grateful for every day my daughter lives.

A tragedy when life is cut short. Let this be a time to celebrate his life, a life that has truly and deeply touched many lives. Not only of those that knew him personally but many more that may never even know his name but will benefit from his life achievements.

Condolences to Mr Farbers’s love ones and friends. My heart is with you.

This is very sad news. My prayers are with his family.

I read about this in passing, but I didn’t realize he was so unbelievably young. I’m sure it’s cold comfort to his family, but as tragic as it is to die at 34, it’s equally impressive to have made such an important contribution to justice and science by that age.

I almost hope some right-winger says it’s God’s punishment, or denigrates his mental faculties based on the fact that he had a brain tumor. It would make it impossible to ignore the fact that they’re scumbags.

The cries of the tormented in the depths of hell just got louder by one voice.

The first time “beelzebub” spewed its venom, its post was simply removed.

Now I suggest banning it altogether.

The first time “beelzebub” spewed its venom, its post was simply removed.

Now I suggest banning it altogether.

Leave it as a reminder of the ignorance and intolerance that science faces and Joseph Farber’s role in defending science in the classroom.

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Tragic that Mr Farber died so young - lets hope that his family can take a little solace in the fact that he was able to help to achieve something so significant in his short life.

Aren’t these so-called Christians being rather presumptious in their willingness to substitute ‘Gods judgement’ with there own? I’m sure there is a special little place in (their own) hell reserved especially for their type.

Anyway - why spend time talk about nobodies when we should be mourning a young man of real achievement?

Joe was one of the finest people I have ever known. He was a kind, caring person who always kept an open mind towards others, even if his opinion was different from theirs. Joe was a person of the utmost integrity. He had a sharp mind and a terrific sense of humor too. It is unthinkable that someone who would call themselves a Christian would pass such judgement upon someone that they haven’t ever met or known. If anyone truly follows the example of Jesus, they wouldn’t do that. “Judge not lest you also be judged.” Knowing Joe certainly has changed me as a person, and I am truly grateful for who he was. I know so many who feel the same way. I pray that his family will be ok. I am glad he isn’t suffering anymore. Life is short, be glad for each day we are given.

Joe was my husband, I came across your comments while searching for something else online. I have printed them out and put them with other cards and letters for my sons to read one day. I appreciate your kind words.

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