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Ruling Against the Dover Area (PA) School District for Requiring That Intelligent Design Be Taught as Part of the Biology Curriculum
Ruling Against the Dover Area (PA) School District

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By John E. Jones III
Year: 2009
Pages: 139
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1437920268

This document contains the ruling by Judge John E. Jones III in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Case No. 04 cv 2688, Tammy Kitzmiller, et al, Plaintiffs, v. Dover Area School District, et al, Defendants. On Nov. 19, 2004, the Defendant Dover Area School District announced by press release that, commencing in Jan. 2005, teachers would be required to read the following statement to students in the ninth grade biology class at Dover High School: “The Pennsylvania Academic Standards require students to learn about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and eventually to take a standardized test of which evolution is a part. Because Darwin’s Theory is a theory, it continues to be tested as new evidence is discovered. The Theory is not a fact....Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view. The reference book, Of Pandas and People, is available for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves....” On Dec. 14, 2004, Plaintiffs filed the instant suit challenging the constitutional validity of the Oct. 18, 2004 resolution and Nov. 19, 2004 press release (collectively, “the ID Policy”). It is contended that the ID Policy constitutes an establishment of religion prohibited by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In a broad ruling, Judge Jones found that the school board did have religious intentions when it added the ID concept to the curriculum, and also that the very concept of ID is religion and not science. The verdict is only legally binding in the Middle district of Pennsylvania but is likely to influence other judges around the country.

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