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As articulated by the Supreme Court, under the Lemon test, a government-sponsored message violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment if: 1 it does not have a secular purpose; 2 its principal or primary effect advances or inhibits religion; or 3 it creates an excessive entanglement of the government with religion. Lemon , U. As the Lemon test is disjunctive, either an improper purpose or an improper effect renders the ID Policy invalid under the Establishment Clause. McCreary, S. A governmental intention to promote religion is clear when the State enacts a law to serve a religious purpose.

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Dover brought before the court the question of teaching Intelligent Design in schools. It would become an important test for the constitutionality of teaching Intelligent Design in public schools. What Lead to Kitzmiller v. On December 14, , a group of parents filed suit against the board. They argued that the promotion of Intelligent Design is an unconstitutional promotion of religion, violating the separation of church and state.

The trial in federal district court before Judge Jones began on September 26, It ended on November 4, Dover In a broad, detailed, and at times withering decision, Judge John E. Jones III handed opponents of religion in schools a substantial victory.

He concluded that Intelligent Design as introduced into the Dover schools was simply the newest format of creationism used by religious opponents of evolution.

Therefore, according to the Constitution, it could not be taught in the public schools. To come to his decision, Jones took into account many factors. These included Intelligent Design textbooks, history of religious opposition to evolution, and the intent of the Dover School Board. During the trial, supporters of Intelligent Design were given an opportunity to make the best case possible against their critics.

They were questioned by a sympathetic lawyer who allowed them to make their arguments as they thought best. They then had the opportunity to offer their explanations to the questions of a critical lawyer.

Leading defenders of Intelligent Design spent days on the witness stand. They put Intelligent Design in the best light possible in the context of a neutral fact-finding investigation.

They wanted for nothing, except facts and sound arguments it seems. Judge Jones concludes his detailed decision: In summary, the disclaimer singles out the theory of evolution for special treatment, misrepresents its status in the scientific community, causes students to doubt its validity without scientific justification, presents students with a religious alternative masquerading as a scientific theory, directs them to consult a creationist text as though it were a science resource, and instructs students to forego scientific inquiry in the public school classroom and instead to seek out religious instruction elsewhere.

Where This Left Intelligent Design What little success the Intelligent Design movement has enjoyed in America has been due entirely to political spin and positive public relations.

When it comes to science and law—two areas where facts and arguments count for everything while posturing is treated as a weakness—Intelligent Design fails. As a consequence of Kitzmiller v. Dover, we have a definitive explanation from a conservative Christian judge about why Intelligent Design is religious rather than scientific.

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The Trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover

In the legal case Kitzmiller v. Dover , tried in in a Harrisburg, PA, Federal District Court, " intelligent design " was found to be a form of creationism, and therefore, unconstitutional to teach in American public schools. As the first case to test a school district policy requiring the teaching of "intelligent design," the trial attracted national and international attention. Both plaintiffs and defendants in the case presented expert testimony over six weeks from September 26 through November 4, On December 20, , Judge John E. Jones issued a sharply-worded ruling in which he held that "intelligent design" was, as the plaintiffs argued, a form of creationism.

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Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

Note: Origins of Life is not taught. The Theory is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations. 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. With respect to any theory, students are encouraged to keep an open mind.

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Kitzmiller v. Dover, the Legal Battle Over Intelligent Design

Dover brought before the court the question of teaching Intelligent Design in schools. It would become an important test for the constitutionality of teaching Intelligent Design in public schools. What Lead to Kitzmiller v. On December 14, , a group of parents filed suit against the board. They argued that the promotion of Intelligent Design is an unconstitutional promotion of religion, violating the separation of church and state.

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Print "Intelligent Design" is a religious view, not a scientific theory, according to U. District Judge John E. Jones III in his historic decision in Kitzmiller v. The parents had precedent on their side. In McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education and Edwards v.

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