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