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Monday, December 20, 2010

Federal judge ruled against 'intelligent design' in public schools

On December 20, 2005, a judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled that intelligent design cannot be taught in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district. The judge held that the Dover Area School District violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution when it decided that biology curriculum must include intelligent design theory. Supporters of intelligent design, which argues that an intelligent designer is responsible for life on earth, describe it as a scientific alternative to evolution. The court held that intelligent design could not be decoupled from creationism and that it is not a science.

Learn more about intelligent design from the JURIST news archive, and more about the Establishment Clause from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute.

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