Dover PA Decision on Intelligent Design

Wikipedia has a good article on Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District. The decision issued on Dec. 20, 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III holds that

Teaching intelligent design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (and Article I, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution) because intelligent design is not science and “cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents.”

The decision won’t be appealed as the none of the school board members who voted for the intelligent Design policy were re-elected and the current board rejected the policy.

The Dec. 5 New Yorker ran an excellent piece on the trial by Margaret Talbot called “Letter from Pennsylvania: Darwin in the Dock.” Unfortunately, it’s not available online. They did make available a 1925 report about the Scopes Monkey Trial.

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