Decided: Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District — According to U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III, it is unconstitutional to present Intelligent Design alongside evolution in a public school science classes.
Kitzmiller v. Dover is the first time Intelligent Design is defended or challenged in a court of law. Defenders of Intelligent Design were given ample opportunity to support their claim that their beliefs are just as scientific as evolutionary theory, but they failed completely and in every respect.
Judge Jones writes:
"ID proponents Johnson, William Dembski, and Charles Thaxton, one of the editors of Pandas, situate ID in the Book of John in the New Testament of the Bible, which begins, “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.” Dembski has written that ID is a “ground clearing operation” to allow Christianity to receive serious consideration, and “Christ is never an addendum to a scientific theory but always a completion....
ID’s backers have sought to avoid the scientific scrutiny which we have now determined that it cannot withstand by advocating that the controversy, but not ID itself, should be taught in science class. This tactic is at best disingenuous, and at worst a canard. The goal of the IDM [intelligent design movement] is not to encourage critical thought, but to foment a revolution which would supplant evolutionary theory with ID."
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