Decision comes down: ACLU wins!

December 20, 2005 - This morning Judge Jones issued a blistering 139-page opinion in the Dover intelligent design trial. There will be a press conference with our lawyers and several plaintiffs in Harrisburg this afternoon. We will be providing more news and analysis of the decision as the day progresses. Check out our blog Speaking Freely for the latest.

Biggest trial on evolution in two decades concludes

After six weeks of testimony, the intelligent design trial in Harrisburg came to a close Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, with laughter and applause. For first-hand accounts of the trial, see the ACLU blog Speaking Freely

The trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover tests whether American public schools can include 'intelligent design' as a part of science education. The school board in Dover, Pennsylvania, voted in 2004 to require that intelligent design be included in the biology curriculum.

“Intelligent design” is a pseudo-science that has been repudiated by every leading scientific organization, including the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Each of these organizations asserts that the ideas promoted by ID advocates lack any scientific merit and that their claims cannot be supported by scientific research.