Skip to comments.Judge Rules Against 'Intelligent Design'
Posted on 12/20/2005 8:16:05 AM PST by GSlob
HARRISBURG, Pa. - "Intelligent design" cannot be mentioned in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district, a federal judge said Tuesday, ruling in one of the biggest courtroom clashes on evolution since the 1925 Scopes trial. The Dover Area School Board violated the Constitution when it ordered that its biology curriculum must include "intelligent design," the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled Tuesday.
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Look at the fine job the Federal Courts did improving local schools with their busing plans. This is more help from the same mindset.
Biology class......Let's raise Intelligent design to the ranking of a Philosophy class.
the school district should just ban the teaching of anything related to how the world, animals and people are thought to have come to be.
Never took a science class, did you?
It's refreshing to have it stated with such simple reason - The only folks that get hurt by mention of God and/or Creationism are those who make their living in the study of evolution. Hearing that not everyone buys it as a stand-alone theory damages nobody. Some would say it hurts our kids scientifically, but I fail to see how it makes kids stupid - if they want to pursue scientific careers, the knowledge of opposing viewpoints will not eat the scientific aptitude from their brains. My belief in God does not take my ability to use math or the scientific method away from me. Of course, I would not likely pursue evolution as a study, but that is not the scientific area that keeps us technologically competitive. It is more akin to the liberal arts in that it makes one feel happy to have the information, but is not a specific boon to Mankind.
The underlying assumption of the court seems to be that ID proponents are driven exclusively by faith, and that a scientific consideration by anyone with faith is not only impossible, but is an oxymoron.
I cannot say, because I am guilty, but as a scientist I believe ID is demonstrable.
I will bring up a previous post on the geologic record if you like.
Not according to the ToE....
The judge said the ID'ers have "bona fide and deeply held
beliefs which drive their scholarly endeavours", he did
not say ID is a bad idea...he just said he felt that the
school board was trying to inject religion, and had lied
about their intentions...
Doesn't the fact that people are in arms cuz their theory
is challenged tell you something?
What it tells me is that there are some deeply held beliefs
that are being challenged. Is it possible that you as a
teacher could talk about problems with evolutionary theory
without introducing any talk about (shudder!) the possibility
of a Creator(man or God, or alien)...
An interesting question....if mankind learns enough to be
able to "create" a life form, would it display any evidence
that it was created, or since "it" would have to run on
known physical laws, could someone who discovered the life
form, say in the unconnected future, proclaim it had evolved?
Another interesting question...could mankind evolve enough
such that life can be created by us? If so, does that prove
that life can be created, and doesn't HAVE to evolve by
Finally, could an alien entity, advanced in biological
technology have created life on this planet?
Darwin's Black Box should be required reading for this judge. But then he is probably incapable of understanding it.
There's only two possibilities.
Either life has always existed or it spontaneously generated.
Somehow "scientists" have picked one of the two as being rational.
To me they are both pretty incredible options. I pick the first one. God always existed.
When someone can show me an example of life sponteously generating I might consider changing my mind. Till then its not science its speculation.
The evos count on censorship!
And evolution isn't? Where will those grants come from?
I agree about you opinion of the creation story. It's so often criticized for being "inaccurate" but really, just how much info can be put into a couple chapters that deal with such a broad and complex topic. I think all in all it's a pretty good summary of what happened and has much more scientific support than a lot of scientists give it credit for.
Then who created the alien entity? And why haven't we intercepted any of these aliens old T.V. reruns in the SETI project. In the end there is one ultimate Creator and nothing was created except by Him.
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