Ruling said not to prohibit all discussion of intelligent design
Published: December 21, 2005
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After a federal judge's ruling that intelligent design is a religious belief and not science, a law professor and a theologian said Dec. 21 the theory could still be discussed in public school social studies or current events classes. "If it is studied as a modern phenomenon it is much more likely to fly legally," said Lee Strang, law professor at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Mich. "But if it aims to get Christianity in the classroom, it would not be permitted," Strang, who teaches courses in constitutional law, told Catholic News Service. John Haught, theology professor at Jesuit-run Georgetown University in Washington, said it would be OK to talk about the controversy in nonscience classes. "I would suggest that it be discussed in a class on critical thinking," Haught told CNS. "Public schools should be talking about religion. This can be done without fostering a religion."
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