Federal Judge Strikes Down Intelligent Design Teaching
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III has struck down the Dover (Pennsylvania) Area School Board’s requirement that “intelligent design” be mentioned in biology courses as an unconstitutional establishment of religion.
“Intelligent design” cannot be mentioned in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district, a federal judge said Tuesday, ruling in one of the biggest courtroom clashes on evolution since the 1925 Scopes trial. Dover Area School Board members violated the Constitution when they ordered that its biology curriculum must include the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said. Several members repeatedly lied to cover their motives even while professing religious beliefs, he said.
The school board policy, adopted in October 2004, was believed to have been the first of its kind in the nation. “The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy,” Jones wrote.
This one was a no-brainer. There is no secular purpose for including this pseudo-science in the curriculum.
Previously at OTB:
The Discovery Institute, Intelligent Design and the Designer (Steve Verdon)
Evolution Schmevolution (Steve Verdon)
Evolutionary Theory, Religion and the First Amendment (Steve Verdon)
Dover, Kansas, Creationism and Sound Science (Steve Verdon)
Use of Copyright to Fight Intelligent Design (Steve Verdon)
Evolution and Religion (Steve Verdon)
Why Irreducible Complexity IsnÃ¢€™t Really A Big Deal (Steve Verdon)
An Example of Intelligent DesignÃ¢€™s Idea of Peer Review (Steve Verdon)
Kitzmiller v. DASD (Steve Verdon)
Creationism In The Classroom (Robert Prather)
Uncertainty and Science (Steve Verdon)
Frist Advocates Teaching Ã¢€œIntelligent DesignÃ¢€ (James Joyner)
Evolution and Economics (Steve Verdon)
Bush Indicates Support for Intelligent Design (Steve Verdon)
Intelligent Design: Lacking in Scientific Rigor (Steve Verdon)
Educating Scientists (Steve Verdon)
KansasÃ¢€™ Creationist Claptrap (Steve Verdon)
Scopes Monkey Trial Sequel in Kansas (James Joyner)
10 Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher (Steve Verdon)
Dover High School Administrators: Dimwits (Steve Verdon)
Montana Flirts with (Un)Intelligent Design (Steve Verdon)
More (Un)Intelligent Design (Steve Verdon)
Bad Science Reporting (Steve Verdon)
Pennsylvania Joins the League of Idiots
Wisconsin District to Teach Creationism (James Joyner)
How Powerful is the Ã¢€˜Religious RightÃ¢€™? (James Joyner)
INTELLIGENT DESIGN (James Joyner)