Thoughts on Kitzmiller

Judge Jones's decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover School District is up, and as has been widely observed, it's a more or less complete victory for the plaintiffs, etc.

One thing that stands out reading the opinion is that the extensive paper trail both inside the school board and from the Discovery Institute massively undercut the claim that the school board's action had a secular purpose. E.g.,

He explained that this country was founded on Christianity. Buckingham concedes that he said "I challenge you (the audience) to trace your roots to the monkey you came from." He said that while growing up, his generation read from the Bible and prayed during school. He further said "liberals in black robes" were "taking away the rights of Christians" and he said words to the effect of "2,000 years ago someone died on a cross. Can't someone take a stand for him?"

Of course, this kind of paper trail isn't inevitable; the pro-IDers were just incompetent at covering their tracks. In the future, you should expect school boards to do a better job of avoiding saying incriminating stuff, but there will still be a big paper trail on the Discovery Institute. Jones's finding that ID isn't science will obviously be a big obstacle for them to overcome in the future, since it will make it hard for anyone to argue that they had a purely secular purpose.