Tuesday 20th December 2005 would one day be deemed as a great day for the American constitution when a judge upheld its sacrosanct 1st Amendment, the separation of state from church. Judge John Jones ruled that it was unconstitutional for a Pennsylvania school district to teach ‘intelligent design’ as an alternative to scientific evolution.
‘Intelligent design’ is nothing more than a fancy name for the fundamentalist Christian belief in biblical creation according to the Book of Genesis. In the old days it was called ‘Creationism’.
The judge blasted former members of a school board who proposed the new curriculum which teaches things like baby dinosaurs were on board Noah’s Ark. Those board members have since been unseated by others who frowned upon their nonsense.
The judge said they “lied to cover up their religious motives, made a decision of breathtaking inanity and dragged their community into this legal maelstrom with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources."
He said that teaching such nonsense as science in public school violates the First Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits public officials from using their positions to impose or establish a particular religion.
Judge Jones wrote "To be sure, Darwin's theory of evolution is imperfect. However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions."
Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark?