Judge John E. Jones III, who shot to relative fame during the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial, is still receiving death threats from good Christians and being branded a traitor by the Republicans, six months after the trial has reached a close.
For those not familiar with the back story, Judge Jones ruled against the Dover School District in a case that was expected to allow the Pennsylvania science curriculum to include a statement that evolution was only a theory and that alternate theories (ie intelligent design) should be explored. Judge Jones ruled that the intelligent design was clearly a thinly-disguised form of creationism, that it contained no science whatsoever and was thus disqualified from being considered in a science curriculum, and that the inclusion of the statement was a violation of First Amendment Rights.
The IDiot camp were shocked by the ruling. You see, Judge Jones is a Republican judge appointed by a Republican president, and both party and president are supporters of biblical creation over evolution. They expected the ruling to be a shoe-in for ID. But Jones showed them that a Judge must leave his beliefs at the door, and consider only the law and the evidence brought before him. Amazing then that in the face of such judicial impartiality, he is being treated like the Judas of modern times.
A quote from the article linked above:
One particularly strident commentary piece by conservative columnist Phyllis Schlafly, published a week after the ruling, really set Jones off.
Schlafly wrote that Jones, a career Republican appointed to the federal bench by President Bush in 2002, wouldn’t be a judge if not for the “millions of evangelical Christians” who supported Bush in 2000. His ruling, she wrote, “stuck the knife in the backs of those who brought him to the dance in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.”
Just replace ‘millions of evangelical christians’ with ‘mafia’ and you get a sense of what’s going on here – the people who feel they are responsible for getting the judge his position tried to call in a favor, and are sending death threats because the judge they appointed turned out to be a man of the law. What next? A horse’s head in his bed? Cement boots and a tour of the Delaware?
Republicans and Christians alike need to get it through their heads: Jones ruled on the law and the facts, not on faith and favors. In this, he may have been a poor Christian, but he was an excellent District Court Judge. Good for him.