Intelligent design/creationism

Judge Jones threatened?

Why am I not surprised to learn this? From an AP article:

HARRISBURG — Following recent accounts of threats against other judges, the federal judge in the Dover intelligent design case revealed he, too, was a target of threatening e-mails.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said a spate of e-mails came on the heels of his ruling that teaching what he said was a creationism-based concept in the science curriculum violated the constitutional separation of church and state.

The tone was threatening enough so that U.S. Marshals kept watch over Jones and his family in the week before Christmas, he said. He declined to comment further about the content or source of the threats.

Jones said he spoke out after hearing about threats against other judges, including an Internet death threat against Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “The reason I chose to talk about it now is that attacks on judges have really gone beyond the pale,” Jones said.

He noted that conservative pundit Ann Coulter was quoted as commenting, concerning Justice John Paul Stevens’ votes to uphold Roe v. Wade, that “We need somebody to put rat poison in Justice Stevens’ creme brulee.”

“We’re going to get a judge hurt,” Jones said.

No further comment necessary.

By Orac

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