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The Institute for Creation Research suffered a significant legal defeat in its lawsuit over the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board's 2008 decision to deny the ICR's request for a state certificate of authority to offer a MASTERS DEGREE IN SCIENCE EDUCATION from its graduate school.

A June 18, 2010, ruling in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas found (PDF, p. 38) that "ICRGS [the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School] has not put forth evidence sufficient to raise a genuine issue of material fact with respect to any claim it brings. Thus, Defendants are entitled to summary judgment on the totality of ICRGS's claims against them in this lawsuit."

As NCSE's Glenn Branch explained in Reports of the NCSE, "When the Institute for Creation Research moved its headquarters from Santee, California, to Dallas, Texas, in June 2007, it expected to be able to continue offering a master's degree in science education from its graduate school. ... But the state's scientific and educational leaders voiced their opposition, and at its April 24, 2008, meeting, the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board unanimously voted to deny the ICR's request for a state certificate of authority to offer the degree." Subsequently, the ICR appealed the decision, while also taking its case to the court of public opinion with a series of press releases and advertisements in Texas newspapers.

The issue was not, strictly speaking, about accreditation, but about temporary state certification, which would have enabled the ICR graduate school to operate while it sought accreditation. When in California, the ICR graduate school was accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, which requires candidate institutions to affirm a list of Biblical Foundations, including "the divine work of non-evolutionary creation including persons in God's image." TRACS is not recognized by the state of Texas, however, and after the ICR moved from Santee, California, to Dallas, Texas, the ICR expressed its intention to seek accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Finally, the ICR filed suit against THECB in 2009, accusing it and its members of imposing "an unconstitutional and prejudicial burden against ICRGS's academic freedom and religious liberties." The prolix style of the ICR's initial complaint — which the Dallas Observer (April 20, 2009) quipped "reads kind of like stereo instructions" — was apparently continued in its subsequent documents; the court complained, "It appears that although the Court has twice required Plaintiff to re-plead and set forth a short and plain statement of the relief requested, Plaintiff is entirely unable to file a complaint which is not overly verbose, disjointed, incoherent, maundering, and full of irrelevant information" (p. 12).

In summary, the ICR claimed that THECB's actions violated its rights to free exercise, free speech, and equal protection, its rights to procedural and substantive due process, and its rights under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as that "Standard 12" — the civil regulation on which THECB's decision was based (19 Texas Administrative Code sec. 7.4(14)) — was vague. The court found merit in none of these claims. With respect to the free exercise claim, for example, the court found that "the Board’s decision was rationally related to a legitimate governmental interest, and there is no evidence the decision was motivated by animus toward any religious viewpoint" (p. 24)

from: http://ncse.com/news/2010/06/legal-defeat-icr-005583


Added: Jun-23-2010 Occurred On: Jun-23-2010
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  • How on Earth was it possible for these morons to be allowed to offer a degree in 'Creation Science', a subject which does not even exist ? It's like having a degree in levitation.

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    • DUDE hold on, hold on, you have to look at this with different eyes.

      if the ICR had been allowed to accredit for courses that had no basis in fact... WE COULD HAVE ALL BEEN DOCTORS.

      i call dibs on "pimpology".

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    • I'd compare it more accuratly to a degree in poop eating.

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  • The concept of intelligent design being taught as truth is absurd for this reason:

    It is a religious creation myth. Lots of cultures have them. Redundant, illogical, pre-technology myths - not one of them is truer than another.

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    • im not even sure its that.

      from what ive seen and read (not alot) I.D. is little more then endless paragraph after paragraph of "hole poking" with a "god dunnit" qualifier at the end of each.

      have you seen that "frontline" doc. "the dover case"? if not, you GOTTA check it out. its good stuff.

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  • Texas has to be the biggest state of religious freaks.... not surprised over any news like this swinging either way in that state.

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    • I live in Texas and work in education. I wouldn't worry too much. Critical Thinking rules the roost around these parts.

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    • Is that why the Texas school board has tried to put ID back in science and people like Don McLeroy openly admits he was trying to put a more conservative lean in schools?

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    • I don't think I have ever been "proven" ignorant on this site... ever. And if I made a mistake I will admit it.

      But yeah, you're wrong... you're just biased because you're from Texas!

      I wasn't hating on Texas by the way, I think you got me wrong buddy... I was just saying that lots of politics in Texas are determined or swayed via the words in the bible. Most other states laugh at shit like this.... like I said you got me wrong.

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  • hehe these people are akin to the christian idiots who claim they have a 6 thousand year old dinosaur fossil, which would fit into their 'young earth' concept.

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  • What do they come up with next?
    A Doctor of prophecy? A Master of Personal Revelations?
    A Bachelor of Miracles? A Chair of Egyptian Plagues?
    A Professorship of Angelic hierarchy?

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  • And who wrote this bullshit? It has like 50 different acronyms in it... you gotta be a fucking translator with 2 dictionaries to understand all the lingo...

    ICR's

    ICRGS's

    NCSE

    THECB

    SEC

    TRACS

    WTF else? really????!?!!?

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  • Pfft, everybody knows it's a Satanic Conspiracy. Kent Hovind said so!

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  • While I can hardly stand to pass on a chance to bash Texas..that school textbook revision clusterPhock just screams out for it.. it seems that most of you aren't thorough readers...... this "school" of wing-nuttery had BEEN OPERATING as an ACCREDITED college in California!!
    Shitly Hoballs!!
    Bad enough that most of our schools are dumbed-down so painfully obviously, but we LICENSED that booby-hatchery?
    I have to give the Texas state school accreditation
    people their props.. and More..

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  • Liveleak should create a new section.
    " Ripley's"

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  • Try Kansas. They eat that shit up.

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  • Fuck allah and fuck jesus too....

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