Texas Federal Court Upholds Denial of Certificate to Institute for Creation Research Graduate School

Creationists have lost a major battle after a federal court in Texas upheld a decision by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to deny the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School a certificate of authority to offer master’s degrees in science. We have previously discussed this new “science” degree.

A panel of science education experts found little evidence of science in the degree or its underlying curriculum. The panel concluded “much of the course content was outside the realm of science and lacked potential to help students understand the nature of science and the history and nature of the natural world.”

The school claimed violations of free speech, free exercise, equal protection and due process. However, under the rational basis test (which sets an extremely low standard for the government), the court granted summary judgment.
Under subchapter G of the state regulation, no “person” (defined as an individual, firm, partnership, association, or other private entity or association thereof,” may grant or award a degree on behalf of a “private postsecondary educational institution” unless the institution has been issued a “certificate of authority” to grant the degree by the Board.

It is a solid victory for science and education in the United States.

Source: Science Blogs

54 thoughts on “Texas Federal Court Upholds Denial of Certificate to Institute for Creation Research Graduate School”

  1. Buddha:

    That is the whole point: I’m not God and I don’t pretend to be.

    Western science is great largely because Christians presumed that the universe was an orderly and knowable creation produced by an intelligent and logical being whose methods could be discerned and discovered.

    That also led to the Christian discovery of the scientific method.

  2. Slart: I’m not a scientist, and I’m not going to debate science. I am talking philosophy and prefer to use the concepts provided by scientists you wish to discredit because you think you rule the science universe.

    If you want better answers from me then you need to knock it off the stupid format you use in your posts and talk to me the narrative form so I don’t have to keep scrolling back and forth.

    I don’t have a printer to print out your post so I can refer to it and I’m not going to toggle back and forth to a word document.

  3. Byron:
    Her accent is clearly Russian, but her hands are speaking Northern Italiano. Nice to be fluent verbally as well as non verbal.

  4. Tootie said:


    You and your arrogant friends are not God and should stop acting like one.”

    I’m acting like a god? Cool. Or am I acting like God? (He was created in our image after all ;-)) Your comment seems to be somewhat adrift between monotheism and pantheism… Look, I’m sorry that you can’t answer my arguments because you wouldn’t understand science if it were doing experiments on you but your little response doesn’t constitute any kind of intelligible debate whatsoever. The fact is that your position is shown to be incorrect by actual repeated scientific experiments and your argument of ‘someone told me god said…’ is totally unpersuasive.

    And exactly what did my friends say that was arrogant? Or do you just think they are arrogant in general? Personally, I think you are extremely arrogant with very little cause to be.

  5. CCD,

    Glad you liked it. I’m a huge Errol Morris fan. He’s a sharp guy.

  6. Tootles,

    Speaking of who isn’t a God, neither are you so perhaps you shouldn’t be so arrogant to claim to speak for one.

  7. Slart:

    You and your arrogant friends are not God and should stop acting like one.

  8. BIL great catch:

    This is one of the reasons I often urge my student advisees to find out who the smart professors are, and to get themselves in front of those professors so they can see what smart looks like.
    —David Dunning

    Which is why I find my way here everyday.

    “Known unknowns”
    Is Molly Turley carpet bombing Michael Hayden’s lawn on a regular basis yet?

  9. Oh, I may have to skip that until I really really need to be depressed, Elaine. 😀

  10. Buddha & Slarti–

    Speaking of the “bliss that is ignorance,” has either of you read Charlie Pierce’s book Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free? It’s funny, sad, and so true. Pierce has a chapter about the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

  11. Buddha,

    True – knowledge is the fire of the hell we burn in – although sometimes I long for that bliss, I would never willingly give up the knowledge…

  12. So sad, but so true, Dr. Slarti.

    But I think the story of Prometheus used fire as an analogy with both purpose and accuracy: knowledge is the gift that burns. And well worth the cost.

  13. Buddha,

    But then you never get to experience the bliss that is ignorance… 🙁

  14. Slarti,

    “the cost was only unforeseen because most people weren’t paying any attention.”

    It’s funny that you mention that. A long time ago, me and a buddy were drinking (and mumble mumble mumble) and discussing a theoretical set of “Rules of Successful Evolution”. Although disagreements were many, we did agree on the 1st Rule:

    “Pay attention.”

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