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A U.S. federal judge ruled that “intelligent design” cannot be taught in science classes as an alternative theory to evolution. The judge ruled Tuesday against the Dover Area School Board in Pennsylvania, saying it violated the Constitution when it ordered “intelligent design” to be included in the district’s biology curriculum. “The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the I.D. Policy,” wrote Judge John E. Jones III. Jones said he does not believe intelligent design is science. Many Jewish groups supported the plaintiffs, who sued the school objecting to the curriculum. They claimed it was a repackaging of creationism, which is illegal to teach in public schools.

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