To be sure, Darwin’s theory of evolution is imperfect. However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions.
Judge John Jones
The courts and the legal process have come to the right conclusion, and the quote above shows that Judge Jones gets it. Although evolution doesn’t have an answer to every question right now, it is by far the best explanation for the origin of the species and the origin of life, and it’s the only current explanation that derives from scientific instead of religious principles.
I doubt the battle is over; I fully expect the Discovery Institute and its allies to appeal this decision and continue to try to push Intelligent Design into public science curricula in other states and other school districts. However, a conservative Republican judge has found that ID “is not (science), and moreover that ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents”. Perhaps science education in America is safe for another day.