Is ‘Intelligent Design’ Religious?

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Judge John E. Jones III ruled Tuesday that the Dover, Pennsylvania, School District’s Intelligent Design policy violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Pennsylvania Constitution. Three excerpts from his ruling:

We find that the secular purposes claimed by the Board amount to a pretext for the Board’s real purpose, which was to promote religion in the public school classroom, in violation of the Establishment Clause.


Repeatedly in this trial, Plaintiffs’ scientific experts testified that the theory of evolution represents good science, is overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community, and that it in no way conflicts with, nor does it deny, the existence of a divine creator.


The overwhelming evidence at trial established that ID is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism, and not a scientific theory.

The Oxford Dictionary gives a definition of science:

A branch of study which is concerned either with a connected body of demonstrated truths or with observed fact systematically classified and more or less colligated by being brought under general laws, and which includes trustworthy methods for the discovery of new truth within its own domain. [Emphasis added.]

Evolution, creationism and intelligent design all do not meet this definition.

Webster’s Dictionary defines religion as, “[A] cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.”

All require faith, either in man or God, and yet most schools teach only the religion of evolution.

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