Dover Intelligent Design Decision A Victory for Students
Philadelphia, PA, December 20, 2005 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed today's ruling in the Dover, PA Intelligent Design case as "a win for public school students and science education."
In his decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III found that Intelligent Design is not science, but another form of creationism -- a religious explanation for life and human origins. Judge Jones ruled that teaching Intelligent Design in the public school science classroom impermissibly endorses religion in violation of the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions.
The decision follows a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which found that it is unconstitutional to require educators who teach evolution to also teach creationism.
Barry Morrison, ADL Regional Director for Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware, issued the following statement:
The true victors today are our public school children whose science classrooms will remain dedicated to true science and scholarship.
Religious explanations of creation may be discussed in appropriate public school settings, such as classes on comparative religion or philosophy, but they cannot be taught as scientific fact. This decision wisely leaves religious instruction to clergy and parents so that biology teachers need not worry that their classes might degenerate into religious debates.
Our history has largely been free of sectarian discord that plagues other countries precisely because we have kept government out of religion and religion free of government control. Today's decision reaffirms that principle.
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