Monday, September 25, 2006


Dover Comes to Kansas

Judge John E. Jones III will speak tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 26 on “Judicial Independence and Kitzmiller v. Dover et al” at the University of Kansas in Lawrence at 7:30 pm in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Judge Jones presided over the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District et al, the first direct challenge in federal court to a school district mandating the teaching of intelligent design.

After hearing testimony from expert witnesses on both sides, he ruled that the Dover Area School District’s ID mandate was unconstitutional in that it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution as well as the Pennsylvania State Constitution.

Judge Jones’ 139-page decision, which holds that ID is not science and cannot be separated from creationism, has been called a watershed in the ongoing public debate over evolution, intelligent design, and the separation of church and state.

Judge Jones talk is part of the Difficult Dialogues at the Commons series sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Biodiversity Institute.

More information here.


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