Dover, December 2005. At the end of a highly unorthodox judiciary process, to use an euphemism, John Jones the 3rd, a supposedly conservative judge from Pennsylvania ruled intelligent design was religion. As a result, teachers and students could no longer utter these two terrible words in an American public school, one of the most outrageous cases of wool pulled over the public's eye in the history of the country. Few among those who were following the developments at the time hoping for a certain outcome were aware though both creationists and evolutionists were in on the ruse, and that neither one wanted this to be debated in a public forum. So they staged a trial.
There are not just one but a number of major problems with Judge Jones’ conduct during the trial. The most serious among them is the fact that much of what took place during this Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District media stunt was actually unconstitutional, it conflicted with everything the judicial system is about, and the judge was basically there to issue a pre-established decision.
One big red flag at a time, the lawyers for the defendant chose not to appeal the judge's otherwise reason free and law defying decision, more so when their success was practically guaranteed. So, the question is, were the creationists, the evolutionists, certain political entities, the lawyers for both sides and the media in on the con? Anyone making such a claim would be instantaneously labeled "conspiracy theorist," something meant to discredit him and his claim. As you are going to see in the book though, facts are facts and nothing can change that, and, as usual, you are free to draw your own conclusions.
One significant thing almost everyone forgets, and media would deliberately create a false perception about the entire process, the trial was not supposed to be about establishing if the theory of evolution or the concept of intelligent design was a valid scientific theory, and Judge Jones' court was certainly not the venue for making this kind of determination. The reason for the complaint lodged with the court by the Kitzmiller family and a few others in the town of Dover with the help of the ACLU was the accusation that Of Pandas and People, otherwise a biology book, was promoting religion. This biology book was to be used by students in class, that was if the school district approved the acquiring of it. As you are going to see though, there was absolutely nothing religious in the book, and the real reason why evolutions were up in arms attacking Of Pandas and People was that its authors, a few dozen scientists with impressive credentials whose names and titles are listed in the opening pages were using scientific evidence to make a very strong case for the fact that most of what we see around us bears the mark of intelligent design. That was supposed to be the work of an "intelligent agent," and according to the Kitzmiller family and to many others in town, it was tantamount to promoting religion.
The other significant issue pro-evolution critics had with the book was that it also made a very strong direct case against Darwinian gradualism. Since according to the scientific evidence life forms are what they are by design, that means the animal kingdom could not have been the product of chance, and to make things worse for evolutionists, this scientific evidence was listed in a biology book students were supposed to read from and study. There is more to it though.
As it turns out the evolutionists had their own book to sell to the school district, and, highly irregular, some of its authors were called actually to testify in the trial and allowed to denigrate the vision proposed by the scientists who authored the book they were competing against, authors who, imagine that, were not invited to testify. The obvious effect of proving evolution was biologically and genetically impossible was that they would have lost their credibility and also a very lucrative contract, but this was more about politics than about business interest and truth in science. As a result, nothing of that mattered since the outcome of the trial was established before the show started.
Many among the large public who were convinced by the media and certain "science communicators" intelligent design is a religious concept used by churches as evidence their imaginary god is real are unaware the concept of design has actually serious adverse consequence for the credibility of the dogma of the church too. As a result, both evolutionists and creationists felt threatened, and rightfully so, that having students discussing intelligent in science class would lead to the collapse of their respective belief system. So they staged the trial that meant to produce a legal ban on discussing design in public schools, which was completely unconstitutional, that ban that is. There is more to the the politics behind the sham trial in Dover though, and that will be revealed in A Time of Change.
Intelligent design is not religion, and it is not a theory either. It is a fact of reality anyone could notice when we pay attention to the details of our surrounding reality. The fact that some people believe the "intelligent agent" is their imaginary supernatural god does not make it so and, sure enough, it does not make intelligent design religion.
Those who have read Of Pandas and People know very well the book does not for a moment promote religion. Because of that, with the agreement of both parties the organizers of the hoax trial switched its focus from the content of the book, the actual reason we had the trial in the first place, to the judge ruling on the question of if the theory of evolution was good science and if intelligent design was religion masquerading as science. The epitome of impropriety, this was to be done by a judge, an other words by an individual who had no authority in science-related matters.
The only reason why the judge would officially label intelligent design religion was so he could ban discussing the concept in science class on account that the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the promoting of religion in public schools.
Soon after the judge issued his decision in December of 2005, I read a piece in a college newspaper by a student who was very happy with the outcome, and his argument was actually a proclamation, no supporting evidence included, stating that religion should not be part of the curriculum in our schools and universities. I could have not agreed more with him, religious belief has no place in our education system, in politics or in our society in general for that matter. I would have liked to see though our education system protecting the younger generations against indoctrination with religious belief by exposing students to the known truth about religion, something that would make them less susceptible to being psychologically manipulated by religious institutions and politicians associated with them. The education system in this country and all over the planet remains silent on this issue, which allows the perpetuation of irrational religious belief with all the negative consequences we see around us.
My initial intent was to write an article on the fact that neither religion, nor the theory of evolution offered a valid explanation for the origin of humans and life in general, or an accurate account of the history of humans on this planet for that matter. I soon realised though that to make the definitive argument it would have taken more than just well-penned persuasive statements and opinion. This required the use of an abundance of evidence, and a few months after I started work on the article I decided everything was going to be laid out in one comprehensive book so that lots of information was in one place for the benefit of the truth seeker.
In the process of explaining what was untrue about the claims made in religion, by materialist scientists and evolutionists and by certain historians, I would become aware of what religion and evolutionists and some historians were actually hiding from the people of the planet, and this is when research got very interesting and it expanded beyond the topic of religion and evolution into such areas as the spiritual, ancient Egypt, Mesoamerica, theoretical physics, genetics, biology, life in the universe and how we are related to it, as well as many other topics. All that would generate the larger picture of the current state of our civilization, of how we got here, and of where we are supposed to go from here in order to not just survive but make significant advancement. In the end, this "accidental" project became a three-volume, over 1,300 pages book called A Time of Change.
“…the conflicts aired in this trial – over the status of evolutionary theory, the arguments for intelligent design, and the nature of science – reveal an intellectually unhealthy situation. The political urge to defend science education against the threats of religious orthodoxy, understandable though it is, has resulted in a counter orthodoxy, supported by bad arguments, and a tendency to overstate the legitimate scientific claims of evolutionary theory. Skeptics about the theory are seen as so dangerous, and so disreputably motivated, that they must be denied any shred of legitimate interest.” (Public Education and Intelligent Design, Thomas Nagel, Philosophy & Public Affairs 36, no. 2, 2005, Wiley Periodicals)Religion, evolutionism and scientific materialism are equally detrimental to the wellbeing of civilization Earth. Among others, they stall cognitive and real technological progress by keeping Earth people enslaved to the illusion of material. Indeed, they create a false perception of reality which prevents the people of the planet from knowing their true potential.
Things are beginning to move in the right direction though, and more and more Earth-humans are coming together these days into what could only be described as a grand awakening. A Time of Change is addressed to everyone who has at least contemplated the possibility that what we are told in schools, houses of worship, by politicians on the stump or in the media about the history, the current state of our civilization and the destiny of Earth-humans might not be true. And as we were once told in preparation for these times, the truth will set us free.