11/29/2005 | Share this article:Scott Stephens – Plain Dealer
Intelligent design went on trial this year, and the verdict could soon put Ohio's new biology standards under a microscope.
The six-week federal court trial, which ended earlier this month, was the result of a decision last year by the Dover, Pa., school board that teachers must mention the controversial concept to high school biology students. Eleven parents in the small agricultural town about 100 miles west of Philadelphia sued to block the policy. A verdict is expected by early January.
The case marks the first time that intelligent design, which maintains that life is so complex that a higher being must have had a hand in its creation, has gone to trial.
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