NYC ATHEISTS APPLAUD DECISION THAT TEACHING INTELLIGENT DESIGN VIOLATES SEPARATION OF CHURCH / STATE

NYC Atheists applaud the ruling by U.S. District Judge John Jones that the Dover Pennsylvania school district cannot teach “intelligent design” (the belief that some aspects of science were created by a supernatural being) in science classes because it would violate the U.S. Constitutional separation of church and state.

Judge Jones--an appointee of President Bush--stated "We have concluded that Intelligent Design (ID) is not [science], and moreover that ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."

Judge Jones described the Dover, PA school board's original decision to include ID in high school science classes as "breathtaking inanity."

The Judge added, "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." 

NYC Atheists laud Judge Jones, who stated that he personally believes in the teaching of intelligent design, because he did not allow his personal beliefs to mandate his decision.  We feel the Judge did the honorable thing by rising above his personal beliefs and enforcing the true intent of our nation's founding fathers to keep religion and state separate.