Americans United files court challenge on 'intelligent design'

Suit against Dover, Pennsylvania, school board
Two civil-liberties watchdog groups have filed the first known lawsuit to prevent public schools from teaching the theory of “intelligent design.” Critics of the theory, including supporters of evolution, call it “junk science” and say it is a back-door way to teach creationism.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit December 14 against the Dover, Pennsylvania, school board to bar the district from teaching intelligent design.

The theory argues that an “intelligent agent” guided the development of life on Earth, using that assertion to explain alleged gaps or inconsistencies in the theory of evolution. Conservative evangelical Christians have been intelligent design’s main promoters.


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