Posted: Feb 26, 2018 7:32 am
by Calilasseia
After years of trying to force mythology into science classes, someone else in the creationist ranks is trying a different tactic ... trying to sue his education board for teaching the science behind evolution. Complete with all the usual canards and lies we've come to know from creationists.

Except that, oops, the judges in his case slapped him down good and hard.

More on this here, with complementary judge's summation here.

Hilarious to see that he tried this in Pennsylvania, the home of the Dover Trial.

Basically, he tried to stop evolution being taught in schools, because he didn't like his tax dollars being devoted to real science teaching, instead of peddling his favourite masturbation-fantasy mythology. To try and get his way, he trotted out all the familiar bullshit, such as blaming evolution for the crimes of Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer, despite the fact that this bullshit has been roundly reduced to its constituent quarks over and over again.

But the best part is the reason why his appeal was thrown out.

In short, his original suit was dismissed on the basis of his lacking standing to present his claim. However, he then submitted an appeal, which was in essence just a rehash of the original suit.

Once again, the School District filed preliminary objections that Harclerode lacked standing, which the trial court sustained. Harclerode then appealed to this Court.

In response to his appeal, on March 17, 2017, the trial court entered an order directing Harclerode to file within 21 days a concise statement of errors complained of on appeal. That order further advised, “Any and all issues not contained in the Statement of Matters [sic] Complained of on Appeal and/or not served in accordance with Pa. R.A.P. 1925(b)(1) shall be deemed waived.” (R.R. at 136a.) He did not file a concise statement of errors with the trial court as directed.

So, he started off by claiming that his "distress" at having his tax dollars spent on real science instead of worthless mythology, was sufficient to have science classes disrupted in his home area. When the court decided that this was bullshit, he then submitted an appeal in which he pushed the usual well-poisoning lies that creationists are so fond of.

But, the beauty of this judgement, is that the judge didn't have to waste time addressing his bullshit. All the judge had to do, was demand a statement providing evidential backup for his claims, to be filed within 21 days of the appeal, or the appeal would go in the bin. This wanker couldn't do that, so in the bin went his appeal.

You'd think he'd have exerted at least a little more effort than this, but then creationism tends to encourage indolence in its adherents, who end up thinking that all they have to do is whinge and bleat, and everyone will roll over and let them spread their worthless fantasies as if they constituted valid knowledge. Well reality doesn't work like that. :)

But, it might be worth keeping an eye on this, in case this tactic is pursued more vigorously by the usual suspects. At which point, we're looking at Dover II.