Judge John Jones world tour continues on with no sign of the Judge slowing down. This Knight-Ridder story appeared in Kansas today and one wonders if the Judge can be far behind. By his own count he’s done ten speaking gigs just recently, many of them commencement speeches. None in Dover though.
Judge Jones knew full well that the eyes of the world were upon him during the Dover case, and so chose that moment to deliver a “civics lesson.”
Jones said he had no agenda regarding intelligent design but, rather, was taking advantage of the worldwide interest in the case to talk about constitutional issues important to him.
“I’ve found a message that resonates,” he said. “It’s a bit of a civics lesson, but it’s a point that needs to be made: that judges don’t act according to bias or political agenda.”
But, they should act according to evidence and testimony presented, which clearly Jones did not.
Previously the Judge commented that his liberal arts education “provided me with the best ability to handle the rather monumental task of deciding the Dover case.”Monumental? Did anyone tell him that legally the case only deals with the middle district of Pennsylvania? What’s monumental is the Judge’s hubris, which isn’t helped by a fawning media.
Earlier this year Jones was named to Time’s list of 100 most important people, and most recently the science-fiction proponents at Wired magazine named him one of their Renegades of the Year.
All of this for a Judge who didn’t listen to the evidence provided to him (as recounted in detail in “Traipsing Into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision”), revised history, and was an activist judge. He anticipated that he’d be called an activist in his ruling, because he knew full well that he was acting as such when he wrote the decision.