THE ruling by a US Federal Court judge in Pennsylvania that the theory of intelligent design was not science but religion and therefore could not be taught in high school science classes is a serious blow to its advocates, but it is unlikely to end the controversy that has dominated the so-called culture wars in America.
After a six-week hearing in which the leading proponents of intelligent design and some of the country's best known evolutionary biologists debated whether intelligent design was just creationism dressed up as science, Judge John Jones, a Republican appointed by President George Bush, delivered the supporters of evolution a comprehensive victory.
In a 135-page written judgement, Judge Jones accepted that Darwin's theory of evolution was 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," he said.
Evolution wins the battle over school science - smh.com.au