April 22, 2009

Somewhat Anachronistic Catholic Church Youth Commission Logo

Posted in humor tagged , , at 1:43 pm by Andrew

Seriously:
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You Don’t Trust Creationists With Your Science Education… Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Trust Their Lawyers, Either

Posted in Atheism, Creationism, Law tagged , , , , , , , at 11:36 am by Andrew

Okay, some quick background on the issue, taken from NCSE Reports, Mar-Apr 2008.

In 2007, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — that’s the headquarters for pure, unadulterated, Henry Morris crazy — moved its headquarters to Dallas, Texas, and requested that the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board (THECB) permit ICR to offer a master’s degree in science education. This request was for a “state Certificate of Authority,” which is somewhat different than “accreditation” (as this story was sometimes reported).

Fortunately for sanity, on April 24, 2008, the THECB unanimously voted to deny ICR’s request. And that should have been the end of it.

Oh no. Late last week, ICR sued the THECB (and, bizarrely, their officers in their individual capacities) in federal court for an injunction requiring THECB to issue the Certificate of Authority and permit ICR to issue Master of Science degrees in science education. The full complaint can be found online, here.

I am a practicing attorney who specializes in civil litigation (like this) and I have a J.D. from Harvard Law School. I am not admitted in Texas — although I have litigated several matters in that state. So I think I am particularly qualified to weigh in on this lawsuit. Obligatory disclaimer: nothing in this blog post constitutes legal advice or an attorney-client relationship; the opinions I express herein are my own and no one else’s. Now, on to the show:
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