Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Creationism Is Going the Way of the Flat Earth Doctrine

The Christian mullahs in Dover, PA, have just lost their battle to teach religion in science classes.

In one of the biggest courtroom clashes between faith and evolution since the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, a federal judge barred a Pennsylvania public school district Tuesday from teaching "intelligent design" in biology class, saying the concept is creationism in disguise.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones delivered a stinging attack on the Dover Area School Board, saying its first-in-the-nation decision in October 2004 to insert intelligent design into the science curriculum violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

The ruling was a major setback to the intelligent design movement, which is also waging battles in Georgia and Kansas.

In Cobb County, GA, backers of a school board decision to place stickers in all high school biology textbooks "warning" that evolution is not fact, are fighting a judge's ruling that the stickers must be removed. In Kansas, the state passed a law mandating that teachers inform students in biology classes that evolution is "controversial."

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