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Hobbs, April Political Science September 18 2009 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District This court case was centered on the teachings of the origin of life and evolution. The plaintiffs (parents of various students) believed that the school district was violating the establishment clause of the Constitution by using intelligent design in place of evolution. The establishment clause states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ". The Dover Area School District required a certain passage to be read to students before teaching about evolution (ninth-grade). This passage stressed that the theory of evolution is in fact a “theory” and therefore, can be disproven, although it has been well-tested. It also stresses that this theory contains “gaps” that cannot be explained. As a result of these things, it suggests that students focus on studying intelligent design , which is a non-scientific approach to the origin of existence. Intelligent
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Unformatted text preview: Design is derived from creationism and suggests there is a supernatural being that created earth and all of its inhabitants. The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the school district claiming that the school was teaching a form of religion. After strategic review on the use of Intelligent Design, on December 20, 2005, the court filed in the plaintiffs favor. They ruled that intelligent design was not a form of science and it actually had a religious view. It was deemed unconstitutional. After reading some of the specific arguments against Intelligent Design (Professor Behe), I totally agree with the courts decision. Schools should focus on science and not religion (or supernatural beings). Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, and therefore, schools should teach in way that doesn’t single out a specific way of life or set of beliefs....
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