Yesterday marked the end of testimony for Kitzmiller vs. the Dover area school board, a six week trial in which parents had sued the a school board for trying to introduce intelligent design into science class. The York Daily Record, a local paper, covered the events admirably, and if you?ve been reading, this last week proved quite exciting. That is, of course, if you believe newspapers. ID defenders in this case tend not to. That?s why they called two freelancers, one from the Daily Record, and the other from the York Dispatch, to testify as to the accuracy of their stories. Witnesses for the defense said that reporters Joe Maldonado and Heidi Bernhard-Bubb had conspired to inaccurately state that board members used the word creationism and to characterize board member Bill Buckingham as a zealot. Though the word ?creationism? is only used in paraphrased quotes, both freelancers said...
Maldonado?s articles quote Buckingham as saying: ?Two thousand years ago, someone died on a cross. Can?t someone take a stand for him?? Bernhard-Bubb?s articles state, ?Nearly 2,000 years ago someone died on a cross, shouldn?t we have the courage to stand up for him??taken to the mat by Judge John E. Jones III who took it upon himself to cross examine witnesses for the defense when stories didn?t seem to match up. And Bonsell?s testimony about the source of money for pro-ID books didn?t match his January testimony.After more than one grilling from the judge the Dover defenders finally got back to expert witnesses, calling Scott Minnich of the University of Idaho. Minnich brought up the bacterial flagellumrun an intelligent design articleseeking out a district dumb enough
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