PA Intelligent Design trial starts today

.- 11 local parents are taking the tiny Dover, Pennsylvania school district to federal court today, arguing that Intelligent Design should not be taught as a viable option to the theory of evolution in the area’s science classrooms. The Dover Area School District will begin defending a policy, established in 2004, which requires students to be exposed to the idea that evolution is an ultimately unproven theory, and that many believe an active creator to be at the center of the shaping of the universe. 

11 parents from the district filed the suit alleging that noting Intelligent Design is a thinly veiled attempt to promote religion in public schools.

Others however, including Vienna’s Cardinal Christopher Schoenborn, as he said in a recent New York Times editorial, think that recent versions of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution are actually atheistic in nature and actively leave no room for the existence of a creator. 

Richard Thomson, chief counsel and president of the Thomas More Law Center, is representing the district and says that Dover’s policy is a modest one.

"All the Dover school board did”, Thomson says, as quoted in the Washington Post, “was allow students to get a glimpse of a controversy that is really boiling over in the scientific community."

John West, a senior fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, a think tank which promotes intelligent design told the Post that the Dover case is an attempt to squelch any debate over evolution theories. 

"It's Scopes [monkey trial] in reverse,” he said. “They're going to get a gag order to be placed on teachers across the country."

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: