Friday, December 23, 2005

Federal Judges as Philosopher Kings: the Pennsylvania intelligent design ruling

Federal district Judge John Jones ruling on the teaching of intelligent design in Dover county, PA public schools is a case study on federal interventionism in local affairs. First, full disclosure. I agree with Judge Jones that intelligent design is not science. In fact, unlike many "paleoconservatives", I find the evidence supporting evolution to be overwhelming. Nevertheless, it should be a cardinal principle in a society that prizes liberty that people be able to decide for themselves, based on their values and understanding, what to believe and what to teach their children. An issue such as evolution, which strikes a the core of many peoples' beliefs, is bound to be controversial. I can make a strong argument that this highlights one of the real problems with tax supported public education in general, where tax money is used to indoctrinate children in values they or their parents may not agree with. But if tax supported public education exists, it should be in full control of the local tax payers and their representatives, representing the prevailing views of the local community. The founding fathers wisely removed the federal government from local issues such as this. This is another example of where federal power was greatly augmented by the 14th amendment to interfere in purely local affairs. It is notable that the people of Dover county on their own voted out the "intelligent design" school board members. Federal intervention was redundant, except for those who wish to make a statement about the power of federal courts to impose their mandates on local school systems. We do not need philosopher kings, even if they are right, for today's philosopher king has the power to become tomorrow's tyrant.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Bartow County Confederate said...

Interesting blog...a good read.

Regards,
A Cassville Heritage Association member, Cassville, Georgia
Bartow County Confederate

12:56 AM  
Anonymous SCV Member said...

Interesting blog. I'm always interested in anything to do with the civil war, especially in the area of Bartow County, Georgia. I'm an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

Regards,
SCV member
Bartow County Confederate

12:46 PM  
Blogger Johnny Reb said...

Interesting blog. Keep up the good work.

Regards,

Johnny Reb
Bartow County Confederate
http://www.scv670.com

2:49 PM  
Anonymous SCV Member said...

Interesting blog. I'm always interested in anything to do with the civil war, especially in the area of Bartow County, Georgia. I'm an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

Regards,
SCV member
William Stiles

6:35 PM  
Blogger Johnny Reb said...

Interesting blog. Keep up the good work.

Regards,

Johnny Reb
Bartow County Confederate
http://www.scv670.com

8:50 PM  
Anonymous SCV Member said...

Interesting blog. I'm always interested in anything to do with the civil war, especially in the area of Bartow County, Georgia. I'm an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

Regards,
SCV member
Emerson

9:20 PM  
Blogger Johnny Reb said...

Interesting blog. Keep up the good work.

Regards,

Johnny Reb
Cassville
http://www.scv670.com

11:59 PM  

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