Seems we weren't the only ones following the case of the Institute for Creation Research v. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; so too was The Chronicle of Higher Education, which alerts our attention to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks handed down Friday that has closed the case. The federal judge took 39 pages to recap the litigation -- which began in '07, more or less, when the Royal Lane-based school first sought to offer a master's degree in science from "a Biblical scientific creationist viewpoint" -- and, ultimately, dismiss the suit filed by the school in April 2009, in which ICR claimed, among other things, that the state's refusal was religious discrimination and a violation of its First Amendment rights.
Wrote Sparks: "The Court finds ICRGS has not put forth evidence sufficient to raise a genuine issue of material fact with respect to any claim it brings." Thus ends, for now, three years of ICR's efforts to get that degree -- though, surely, this isn't the end of this case's evolution in the courts. The entire ruling follows.