A higher power strikes down Intelligent Design

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A higher power strikes down Intelligent Design

A court in Pennsylvania has struck down the idea of Intelligent Design in the classroom, calling the school board’s promotion of the curriculum a disguise for sneaking religion in the public school.

The school board argued they had sought to improve science education by exposing pupils to alternatives to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

But Judge Jones said he had determined that ID was not science and “cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents”.

In a 139-page written ruling, the judge said: “Our conclusion today is that it is unconstitutional to teach ID as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom.”

He accused school board members of disguising their true motives for introducing the ID policy.

“We find that the secular purposes claimed by the board amount to a pretext for the board’s real purpose, which was to promote religion in the public school classroom,” he said.

Darwin: 1, Extreme Religious Conservatives: 0.

[via The BBC]

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