For months now, I’ve avoided the “Intelligent Design” debate that has captured the attention of lawmakers, educators, parents and politicians around the country.
I’m not actually sure why I skirted the issue, but it seemed like a local problem that the courts would throw out. Also, the issue delves deep into religion, which I tend to avoid because such arguments always seem unwinnable.
But I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that a federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Intelligent Design is not a valid scientific theory, reports The Washington Post. U.S. District Judge John Jones clearly defined Intelligent Design as another flavor of Creationism, which already has been determined a religious belief.
And although there are millions of Americans who believe in Intelligent Design, the case is not likely to be appealed. That’s because most of the Dover, Pennsylvania, school board that created the controversy was thrown out by voters in November. The new board is very much against appealing the court decision.
Regardless of which side of this issue your on, the good news is that educators have one less thing to worry about. Let them focus on teaching our kids English, math, science and history.