Friday, October 31, 2008

Did You Know?

Did you know that a U.S. District Court has ruled that a school board's policy to present intelligent design to 9th graders in a biology class violated the Establishment Clause?

Just in case you're not familiar with the Establishment Clause, I've highlighted it below:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." - The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

So, what do you think: Is presenting high school students with the intelligent design theory an establishment of religion?


Kelly said...

Interesting. I don't think so, because, technically (if I am correct) the whole idea behind Intelligent Design is that we were created by...well, some form of "intelligence," or a "higher being," if you will. It does not necessarily say that GOD created us (although we know this to be true). It is basically a loophole in the legal system to teach creation, but it doesn't teach Christianity or any other specific religion. And, a 9th grader is old enough to come to their own conclusions about God. Hopefully, they come to the correct one :-)

ibiog said...

This is exactly (one reason) why we homeschool.

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