EDITORIAL: The losers are winning in Dover

York Dispatch

History might look favorably upon Bryan and Christy Rehm, but their own neighbors don't.

The Rehms won, of course, as did all the other parents who stuck their necks out to take the Dover Area School District to court for a pretty transparent attempt at sneaking religion into science classes 10 years ago.

Anyone who remembers the trial knows where the shame should fall, and that those who claimed to have righteous intentions were actually lying.

Some of the defendants — those who essentially wanted to teach the Christian version of creation as if it were science — are lucky they were never charged with perjury.

In a couple months, it'll be 10 years since George Bush-appointed federal Judge John E. Jones III wrote these words in his decision on the community-dividing trial:

"The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for (intelligent design). It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy."

And yet somehow it's the Rehms who seem to be getting run out of town, not the lying former school board members who cost the school district a $1 million legal bill and caused all the trouble.

Instead, some people of Dover have bitterly complained that the Rehms and the other nine parents — who withstood varying degrees of religious heckling and threats during the trial — were the ones who invited the ACLU to town.

It doesn't seem much has changed about Dover's voices of vitriol.

The Rehms, whose days in Dover Township are numbered, recently told The York Dispatch that they've had enough of the negativity that has followed them since the trial. They're moving.

"It just never goes away," Christy Rehm said. "We have proof it never goes away. We still feel it. We have neighbors that aren't so friendly with us."

Religious literature regularly fills their mailbox, and people call them "heathens" behind their backs, they said.

"We've given so much time, effort and energy to this district," Christy said. "A lot of people — a lot of our friends — have walked away, and we're still here. People just don't stay here."

What a shame it is for Dover to lose two more educated, civic-minded parents.

But it's not fair to ask them to stay, as they've obviously taken as much as they can stand and so much more than they deserved.

How quickly some people seem to have forgotten The Truth, the (in Jones' words) "breathtaking inanity" revealed through the trial.

It's time to remember.