Dover Trial Closing Words

For those of you who followed the Dover Trial in PA closely, you still may have missed this little tid-bit. Wikipedia states that ‘Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. is the first direct challenge brought in United States federal courts against a public school district that has tried to mandate the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution.’ The parents of several students brought suit against the school board after they decided to mandate that Biology teachers read a prepared statement to the effect that evolution is ‘just a theory’ and that an alternative, in ‘Intelligent Design’ (ID) exists and that books on the theory were placed in the library.


Great thinkers like Pat Robertson and GW Bush weighed in to suggest that ID was a valid scientific theory and that schools should offer the alternative. Considering that ID is completely untestable, and relies on a supernatural designer to explain life and the universe it was clearly not science, and scientists across the nation decided to help fight any suggestion that it was in court. These are final words at closing arguments on Nov. 4:IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
TAMMY J. KITZMILLER, et al.,
Plaintiffs
Case Number 4:04-CV-02688
vs.
DOVER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT;
DOVER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
Defendants

TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS OF BENCH TRIAL
Before: HONORABLE JOHN E. JONES, III
Date : November 4, 2005
Place : Courtroom Number 2, 9th Floor
Federal Building
228 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Counsel, do you have anything further before we adjourn these proceedings?

From the plaintiffs?

MR. ROTHSCHILD: No, Your Honor. Thank you.

THE COURT: From the defendants?

MR. GILLEN: Your Honor, I have one question, and that’s this: By my reckoning, this is the 40th day since the trial began and tonight will be the 40th night, and I would like to know if you did that on purpose.

THE COURT: Mr. Gillen, that is an interesting coincidence, but it was not by design.
(Laughter and applause.)

With that, I declare the trial portion of this extended case adjourned.

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