The revenge of the monkeys…
Today a federal judge ruled that a Pennsylvania school district cannot teach “intelligent design” (ID); the idea behind ID is that life is so complex, that it must have been created or “designed” by some kind of intelligent being. That being is usually assumed to be God.
Here is some more information from Reuters,
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A judge on Tuesday barred the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution at a Pennsylvania school, saying in a scathing rebuke to the school board that it violated a constitutional ban on teaching religion in public schools. […]
“Our conclusion today is that it is unconstitutional to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in a public school classroom,” Jones wrote in a 139-page opinion in the case, brought against the Dover School District.
Jones condemned the “breathtaking inanity” of the policy of the board, all but one of whom have now been ousted by local voters. “Any asserted secular purposes by the Board are a sham and are merely secondary to a religious objective,” he said.
Jones said the students and teachers of Dover High School “deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.”
The school district was sued by a group of 11 parents who claimed teaching intelligent design was unconstitutional and unscientific and had no place in high school biology class.
Most of the reactions to this ruling were not really unexpected. For example,
Christy Rehm, one of the plaintiffs, said she was “ecstatic” about the judge’s ruling. “This is a victory for education, a victory for science and a victory for science education,” she told Reuters.
One of the proponents of ID, Casy Lusin of the notorious Discovery Institute surely did not agree:
But Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think-tank that champions intelligent design theory, criticized the ruling.
“The judge thinks intelligent design is a supernatural explanation, but it clearly is not. So the entire decision is predicated on a false perception of intelligent design,” Luskin said in a telephone interview.
What about president Bush who earlier actually promoted teaching Intelligent Design in schools? Well,
Asked about the ruling, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the president has said he believed such decisions should be made by local school districts.
“The president has also said that he believes students ought to be exposed to different theories and ideas so that they can fully understand what the debate is about,” he said.
The White House still seems to think, that there really is something to debate about. Like if the next decision about the future of the US troops in Iraq should be determined by either political discussions or astrology?
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