US lawsuit challenges teaching on evolutionBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7520.798-a (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:798
- Lenzer Jeanne
- New York
A fierce battle over how evolution is taught in schools in the United States has resulted in a lawsuit being filed in a federal district court in Pennsylvania by eight families. They are claiming that Dover County School District is violating the separation of church and state by introducing the concept of “intelligent design” into science classes.
On 26 September the US district judge John Jones III, in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, heard opening arguments in the case. The families asked for “injunctive relief” to prevent the school district requiring all ninth grade biology teachers to read …