The issue at hand is should Intelligent Design (or Creationism) be taught in public schools in America? A 2005 court case in Dover, Pennsylvania was challenging the previous verdict of Supreme Court case J.T. Scopes v. The State, 1926. Scope, a high school science teacher in Tennessee had illegally taught about Darwin’s evolution theory which was against anti-evolution statutes in that state. The local case verdict in 1925 found him guilty and charged him a fine. One year later, Scopes appealed his case in the Tennessee Supreme Court and the verdict was overturned (Linder, 2000).
A group of parents in Dover, PA have petitioned the courts stating that their children’s local high school is violating the 1st Amendment Establishment Clause by teaching Intelligent Design, even though it is in combination with other evolution theories.
Evolution v. Intelligent Design: Students will be made aware of gaps, problems in Darwin’s theory, and other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, Intelligent Design. – Dover, PA School District (msnbc, 2005)
The reasoning behind the school district’s decision to allow multiple theories to be introduced on the topic of evolution is because new scientific evidence has emerged to back up these theories. The parents who have sued the school district are saying that it is allowing religion to be taught in school and is in violation of separation of Church and State.
On a September, 2005 edition of the “Abrams Report”, Dan Abrams had a guest by the name of Stephen Meyer on his show. Meyer is a leading scientist associated with the support of the Intelligent Design theory. Abrams’ intent was to slam Meyer for supporting this theory, while not giving Meyer the opportunity to adequately defend his opinion.
Meyer, in association with other supporting scientific groups, found evidence of Intelligent Design in our cell structure. They have discovered that our cells are filled with nano technology and are laced with digital code. In the DVD series, Does God Exist? Building the Scientific Case, Meyer gives ten lectures with supporting evidence and correlating facts from science and the Bible that show proof of Intelligent Design.
With this said, there is a valid scientific case for Intelligent Design. Although it is linked by Christians as proof for the existence of God, it also gives another evidence-backed theory of the origins of life without ever mentioning God. I believe that there is a difference between Creationism and Intelligent Design. Creationism is the belief that God created life without us needing proof. Intelligent Design is a scientific based theory on evidence that suggests that there is more to the origins of life than simple natural selection.
There is more and more evidence to support Intelligent Design so it should be taught as an alternative theory to evolution. Over the past hundred years scientist have began to disprove much of Darwin’s theory of evolution with examples such as the gaps in gradual fossil transformation that Darwin suggested as evidence of evolution (Wilkinson, 2011). Because science is an evolution of itself, schools should be allowed to expose students to the newest concrete evidence to help broaden their student’s scope of the issue. As long as no religious hidden agenda is present in the curriculum, Intelligent Design does not violate any U.S. laws.