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Mr_Christopher



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 17 2006,08:18   

Intelligent Design Creationism loses in Dover PA and now loses in Frazier CA.  

Class Dismissed!!!

Rural Calif. School to Stop 'Intelligent Design' Teachings

Tuesday, January 17, 2006



FRESNO, Calif.   A rural school district agreed to stop teaching a religion-based alternative to evolution as part of a court settlement filed Tuesday, a legal group said.

Frazier Mountain High School will stop teaching a philosophy class discussing the theory of "intelligent design" this week and won't teach it in the future, said Ayesha N. Khan, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

A federal judge in Fresno had been scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on whether to halt the class midway through the monthlong winter term.

A group of parents sued El Tejon Unified School District last week for violating the constitutional separation of church and state by offering "Philosophy of Design," a course taught by a minister's wife that advanced the theory that life is so complex it must have been created by God.

"The course was designed to advance religious theories on the origins of life, including creationism and its offshoot, 'intelligent design,"' said the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court.

The high school in the Tehachapi Mountains about 75 miles north of Los Angeles draws 500 students from a dozen small communities.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State had successfully blocked Dover, Pa., schools last month from teaching intelligent design in science courses. El Tejon school officials had claimed the subject was proper for a philosophy class.

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Flint



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 17 2006,08:25   

If they knew what they were doing, why would they cave like this? Were they hoping that nobody would notice? Or didn't anyone advise them of the law and the cases elsewhere? Were they bluffing to earn political capital ("we tried, people, but those mean atheists hate you almost as much as they hate God")

  
Dean Morrison



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 17 2006,08:34   

Let's hope it give other boards that were thinking of doing the same pause for thought....

  
Mr_Christopher



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 17 2006,08:37   

I kind of wish they had not settled and the matter would have gone to court.  Two IDC court case losses would have been fun to watch.  Of course had the California judge ruled sanely he'd be tarred and feathered as yet another "activist judge."

I wonder why the Thomas More Law Center didn't offer to help them this poor Christian social studies teacher out?  Maybe Richard Thompson's arse is still stinging to risk another judicial paddling (thank you sir, may I have another).

I hope they make the settlement details public.  It appears a a part of the agreement included no teaching intelligent design creationism in the future as well.  

This IDC in the classroom is a howler!

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 17 2006,09:26   

"Religion-based alternative"

wow, journalists really are starting to get it.

   
Mr_Christopher



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 17 2006,11:18   

Quote (stevestory @ Jan. 17 2006,15:26)
"Religion-based alternative"

wow, journalists really are starting to get it.

No kidding and it gets better:

A group of parents sued the school district last week, saying the class taught by a minister's wife violated the separation of church and state. The course taught that life is so complex it must have been created by God.

Yep, many in the media are now seeing through this intelligent designer as a space alien or time traveler nonsense.


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