January 17, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Under legal pressure, a rural school district Tuesday canceled an elective philosophy course on ‘‘intelligent design.’’
A group of parents had sued the El Tejon school system last week, accusing it of violating the constitutional separation of church and state with ‘‘Philosophy of Design,’’ a high school course taught by a minister’s wife that advanced the notion that life is so complex it must have been created by some kind of higher intelligence.
In a settlement, the district agreed to halt the course at Frazier Mountain High next week and said it would never again offer a ‘‘course that promotes or endorses creationism, creation science or intelligent design.’’
‘‘This sends a strong signal to school districts across the country that they cannot promote creationism or intelligent design as an alternative to evolution, whether they do so in a science class or a humanities class,’’ said Ayesha N. Khan, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which represented the parents.
… The settlement in the El Tejon school district was announced just before a federal judge was scheduled to hold a hearing on whether to halt the class midway through the monthlong winter term.
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