Monday, November 07, 2005

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Judge Weighs Evolution Arguments in Pa.

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Judge Weighs Evolution Arguments in Pa.: "HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge is contemplating whether the mandatory teaching of ``intelligent design'' improperly promotes religion in schools, after the historic evolution trial drew to a close.

Federal Judge John E. Jones III said he wanted to issue a ruling by January, the latest legal chapter in the decades-long debate over the teaching of evolution in public school.

The six-week trial in Pennsylvania featured expert witnesses debating the scientific merits of the intelligent design concept and clashes over whether creationism was discussed in school board meetings months before the curriculum changed in 2004.

Eight families asked the judge to overturn the policy of the Dover Area School District, which requires students hear a statement about intelligent design before ninth-grade biology lessons on evolution."

The Republicans want a return to the dark ages. Not a news flash.

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