On December 20th, 2005, Judge John E. Jones III, ruled that it was unconstitutional to read a statement that discredits evolutionary theory and barred the teaching of intelligent design there. This was the first, but probably not last, trial that involved the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution.
Its hard to believe that it has only been 5 years since the details and motives of the Intelligent Design (ID) movement were brought out to the public in a public trial. We learned from staunch ID supporter Michael Behe that there are no peer reviewed published articles supporting ID. We learned how the Discovery Institute’s”wedge document” essentially points to the idea that ID was brought up as a way to replace the scientific method with “a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions” We also saw how the book in question, Of Pandas and People, had earlier versions where they simply replaced the word “creation” with “intelligent design.” Of course there was more damming evidence against the ID proponents in the trial, but these three facts alone provide sufficient evidence that intelligent design is not science and should never be taught in the classroom.