Crikey philosopher Charles Richardson writes:
In breaking news
this morning, a federal judge in the United States has struck down a
school board’s attempt to include “intelligent design” in the high
school science curriculum.
According to The New York Times,
the judge, himself a Republican appointed by President Bush, ruled that
intelligent design advances “a particular version of Christianity”:
Judge Jones concluded that intelligent design is not
science, and that in order to claim that it is, its proponents admitted
that they must change the very definition of science to include
supernatural explanations. He said that teaching intelligent design as
science in public school violates the First Amendment of the
Constitution, which prohibits public officials from using their
positions to impose or establish a particular religion.
of “intelligent design” maintain that evolutionary theory is inadequate
to explain the complexity of life on earth, and instead postulate
external intervention of some sort – which they try to refrain from
But the judge was not fooled, saying that “The
writings of leading ID proponents reveal that the designer postulated
by their argument is the God of Christianity.” And he was unsparing of
the Dover school board:
It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so
staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public,
would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real
purpose behind the ID policy.
No appeal is expected to
be lodged against the decision, since the school board members who
supported “intelligent design” were defeated at last month’s election
and replaced by a ticket of evolutionists.
But the controversy will not end there. Already, the state of Kansas, influenced by religious fundamentalists, has written criticism of evolution into its school curriculum.