For the second time, a creationist in Pennsylvania has had a lawsuit he filed over the teaching of evolution in public schools — he claims it’s actually unconstitutional to teach it — dismissed by a state court. Maybe now he’ll take the hint.
For the second time in a decade, a state appeals court has told a taxpayer that he can’t sue his school district because it teaches the theory of evolution in science class.
That reminder came Friday when a Superior Court panel again denied an appeal from Thomas J. Harclerode…Harclerode has asserted in his complaints that he “is a taxpayer…and is extremely distressed that part of his tax money is going to perpetuate (the theory of evolution) that has been scientifically discredited and that the knowledge proving it has been withheld from students.”…
The judge observed that Harclerode did add issues in the latter suit, insisting the theory that humans evolved from lower life forms has “been shown to have a detrimental effect on society.”
It was the usual litany of nonsense — Hitler believed in evolution, the Columbine shooters were taught evolution. And for some reason, Jeffrey Dahmer, whose father was a creationist and who was steeped in that teaching growing up. Just weird. The plaintiff represented himself, unsurprisingly, but the outcome would have been no different if he had the best lawyer in the world. He simply has no case to make.