Federal Judge in Pennsylvania Rules That Intelligent Design Is a Religious View and Not a Scientific Theory
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Dec. 20, 2005 press release stated:
"'Intelligent Design' is a religious view, not a scientific theory, according to U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III in his historic decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover
The decision is a victory not only for the ACLU, who led the legal challenge, but for all who believe it is inappropriate, and unconstitutional, to advance a particular religious belief at the expense of our children's education."
The Christian Science Monitor reported the following in its Dec. 20, 2005 article titled "Banned In Biology Class: Intelligent Design," written by Peter Grier and Josh Burek :
"'Intelligent design' is just another name for creationism - and therefore teaching it in public schools violates the constitutional principle of church-state separation.
That is the bottom line from the decision in perhaps the biggest courtroom clash on the theory of evolution since the 1925 Scopes trial. On Tuesday a federal judge ruled that Pennsylvania's Dover Area School District broke the law when it became one of the first school districts in the United States to include intelligent design in its science curriculum.
The ruling is a blow to certain Christian conservatives, who have been pushing intelligent-design initiatives in upwards of 30 states. It comes as vindication for scientists who have seen this push as an attack on the method of scientific inquiry...
'In making this determination, we have addressed the seminal question of whether [intelligent design] is science. We have concluded it is not, [Judge John E. Jones III] wrote in his opinion.
That said, Jones added that proponents of intelligent design have deeply held beliefs, and the concept should continue to be studied and discussed."