cdesign proponentsists

The peculiar term 'cdesign proponentsists' is found in creationist textbooks written after 1987.

In 1987, in Edwards v. Aguillard, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that had stipulated a requirement that creationism be taught whenever evolution was taught in public schools.

Because this court decision rendered the teaching of creationism illegal, the overtly creationist textbook, Of Pandas and People was modified for its initial publication in 1989 (2nd edition 1993). Of Pandas and People became the first book to frequently employ the now-common buzzwords "intelligent design", "design proponents", and "design theory". However, because of the 1987 Supreme court ruling, the editors had attempted to extirpate revealing mention of creationism. In this misbegotten editorial process, they inaccurately replaced occurrences of the word "creationists" with "design proponents" and so created the nonsensical and revealing composite "cdesign proponentsists".

Creationists actively promoted this creationist text for public school use, starting in Alabama in 1989 and continuing throughout the 1990's. In 2004 a school board in Dover, Pennsylvania, having voted to teach Darwinian evolution, received an 'anonymous' donation of 50 copies of the creationist text, Of Pandas and People.

Despite denial by ID proponents, Pandas represents the beginning of the modern "intelligent design" movement. The 1989 edition of contains the basic arguments of ID proponents in modern form and Behe's irreducibly complexity argument appears in the 1993 edition of Pandas. Thus, the textbook came first, and the "research" to support it came many years later.

Even before Judge Jones' decision in Kitzmiller v Dover had been released, the sensible folk in Dover, Pennsylvania voted to bounce creationists Buckingham and Bonsell from the school board. Those who did not vote for the removal of these manipulative perjurers are . . . well, creationists.

PBS provides the full video of Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial online as 12 chapters complete with program transcripts. The video is well worth watching if you wish to see lying cheats exposed. Read of the mysterical, creationist backlash against the program that revealed the nefarious antics of IDiots: PBS Ombudsman, The Ombudsman Column, 'Judgment Day' Intelligently Designed by Michael Getler

The Wedge Strategy
1981 McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education, 529 F. Supp. 1255, 1258-1264 (ED Ark. 1982), was a 1981 legal case in Arkansas that ruled that the Arkansas "Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act" (Act 590) was unconstitutional because it violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.
1987 Edwards v. Aguillard, U.S. Supreme Court Decision that ended any prospect of public schools in the United States being legally forced to teach explicate creationism. One consequence of this case was that some antievolutionists choose to use the term "intelligent design" instead of "creationism."
1989 Introduction: Of Pandas and People, the foundational work of the 'Intelligent Design' movement by Nick Matzke
2004 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, Dover, Pennsylvania Intelligent Design Case, Decision of the Court
Barbara Forrest Testimony at Dover

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