Fired Intelligent Design proponent says not a religious view

There is no direct school link, but I was reading a news item about a JPL (you know, "Jet Propulsion Labratories") employee who claimed he was fired for espousing his intelligent design beliefs at work.  Naturally, JPL denies the allegation, but the more interesting thing is that during opening statements at the trial, the attorney for the fired employee said that intelligent design is not a religious view.  This despite the central notion that an intelligent being directed the way that the cosmos evolved.

Of course, most readers will have at least heard of the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case.  There, Pennsylvania showed itself as a leader: first to adopt a policy allowing intelligent design to be taught as science, then first in the nation to have that policy struck down by the court.  Good going Pennsylvania.  What Judge Jones ruled was that intelligent design is a "religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism, and not a scientific theory."  It therefore should not be taught as science in our public schools.

This case was not appealed, so it remains just that one lonely 100+ page decision.  Clearly, it did not influence the attorney arguing for the fired JPL employee.

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