Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

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Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al., Case No. 04cv2688, was the first direct challenge brought in United States federal courts against a public school district that tried to mandate teachers to read a statement to the students about intelligent design as an alternative "explanation" to evolution. The plaintiffs claimed that intelligent design is a form of creationism, and the school board policy thus violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District has closely examined the implications of intelligent design for public schools. The Memorandum Opinion by Judge John E. Jones III sets out his findings in considerable detail and will have significant influence.

Because of the size of this memorandum, the article is split into parts determined by topics.

Successive parts are listed below:

  1. Introduction
  2. Context
  3. Disclaimer
  4. Whether ID Is Science
  5. Promoting Religion
  6. Curriculum, Conclusion