Monday, March 23, 2009
Department of Justice
As reported by the National Center for Science Education, the Supreme Court has today denied, without opinion, Lawsuit Larry Caldwell's petition for a writ of certiorari, letting the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision stand, which had upheld the District Court's dismissal of the case.
Larry and his wife (the nominal plaintiff) challenged the constitutionality of the Understanding Evolution website, developed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education, on the unforgivable grounds that it suggested that not all religious people are ignoramuses. The Caldwells apparently were offended because they thought that people might take away the message that it was better not to be an ignoramus.
Of course, the website wasn't as blunt as I am and I'm sure that the Caldwells are better at PR than to admit that their objection to the site boils down to that ... but it does.
In any event, the Caldwell's ridiculous suit is well and truly dead.