An important finding in Judge Jones decision against Intelligent Design was that it "violates the centuries-old ground rules of science by invoking and permitting supernatural causation."
Richard Dawkins, the Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, has seriously undercut this position. Dawkins writes:
You then realize that the presence of a creative deity in the universe is clearly a scientific hypothesis. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more momentous hypothesis in all of science.
Whoa! Read those words again. The presence of a creative deity in the universe is clearly a scientific hypothesis. It is hard to imagine a more momentous hypothesis in all of science. And all this time we have been told that ID is not science because it permits a divine cause.
Dawkins further props up this position:
Accepting, then, that the God Hypothesis is a proper scientific hypothesis whose truth or falsehood is hidden from us only by lack of evidence, what should be our best estimate of the probability that God exists, given the evidence now available?
Let's make this clear so no one misses it. The Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University is arguing that the God Hypothesis is a proper scientific hypothesis. Yet the notion that Life may have been designed is not a proper scientific hypothesis because it merely permits the God hypothesis??
One wonders if the DI is gathering up the arguments of scientists like Dawkins and Victor Stenger (author of God: the Failed Hypothesis "“ How science shows that God does not exist) to undercut the Dover decision. The Wedge has always been able to count on such Atheist Scientists.
Dawkins also adds:
Scientists, and intellectuals generally, are now waking up to the threat from the American Taliban. The God Delusion is my goodwill contribution from across the Atlantic to that awakening.
Might Dawkins be contributing to the "American Taliban?" After all, it is people like Dawkins who have a vested interest in keeping The Threat alive. Look, if the Wedge is resurrected, I don't want to hear critics whining about Telic Thoughts members when it is Richard Dawkins and his ilk that are chipping away at the Dover Decision.