As I wrote that title, I realized that it's probably insufficiently informative - there are, after all, multiple parallels between Intelligent Design proponents and the crackpots dedicated defenders of the Constitution who continue to insist that Barack Obama is not eligible to be the President. Both groups, for example, have a blind devotion to a concept that has no actual basis in reality. Both appear to be remarkably skeptical toward the enormous amounts of evidence challenging their views while simultaneously demonstrating a remarkable credulity toward any evidence that might possibly be remotely construed as supporting their views, and both demand that they be proven wrong beyond an unreasonable doubt.
As obvious as the parallels between the two groups are concerned, I was actually struck more by their use of a similar tactic. Earlier today, I was watching the insane train wreck that is Orly Taitz reading through court documents in some of the not-yet-laughed-out-of-court still pending birther suits. One paragraph from one of the many motions filed caught my eye:
Defendant Barack H. Obama was a candidate for United States Office of thePresident. However, to assume such office, Defendant Obama must meet the qualifications specified for the Office of the President of the United States, which includes that he must be a "natural born" citizen. Defendant Obama has failed to demonstrate that he is a "natural born" citizen. There are, and have been, other legal challenges before various State and Federal Courts regarding aspects of lost or dual citizenship concerning Defendant Obama. Those challenges, in and of themselves,demonstrate PLAINTIFFS' argument that reasonable doubt exists as to the eligibility of the Defendant Obama for the office of President.
Is it just me, or is that remarkably similar to the logic that the ID folks use when they make their case to school boards: "We disagree with the vast majority of people with actual knowledge of the subject matter, therefore there is obviously a legitimate controversy about the topic."?