PBS has a fairly interesting show on tonight about the 2005 Dover, PA court case pitting advocates of ‘intelligent design’ against the FOCD — Friends of Charles Darwin. Here’s the start of my review for Bloomberg:
Many Americans continue to contest the presence of monkeys in their family trees. Sometimes this disposition lands them in court.
“Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial,'’ which airs on PBS Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. New York time, takes up the attempt by the Dover, Pennsylvania, school board to insert a plug for “intelligent design'’ in high school science classes.
As plugs go, this one wasn’t much: a short statement, to be read once in class, saying that Darwin’s theory of evolution contains gaps and that students should consider I.D., which holds that a “designer'’ may have had a hand in the ascent of man.
That was a plug too far for 11 Dover parents, who argued in a lawsuit, Kitzmiller v. Dover School District, that I.D. is Creationism in a fresh shirt — thus the plug was religion, not science.