I was tipped off about the renewed ID debate yesterday by a colleague. It seems that if you read any further than the A section in any AP newspaper last week, you would have known that a certain Judge John E. Jones effectively dismissed any legitimacy that the Intelligent Design crowd ever pretended to have.
The ruling is not only significant in its dismantling of ID as "science" by any definition, it shows the entire ID debate for exactly what it is; "a 'ground clearing operation' to allow Christianity to receive serious consideration [in schools]."
In all honesty, I believe the ID debate is much like the "War on Christmas" non-issue. It's just another way for folks like O'Reilly to get the vocal minority in a tizzy about a percieved violation of their right to practice their particular brand of Christianity. But this victory in Dover, PA, shows that these kinds of issues rarely have legs.