Magazine article The Christian Century

School District Pulls ID Course after Suit

Magazine article The Christian Century

School District Pulls ID Course after Suit

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Just days after being sued, making national news as a result, a California school district agreed to stop teaching a "philosophy" course that critics said promoted creationism and intelligent design.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced January 17 that El Tejon Unified School District, located about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, has agreed to terminate a course called "Philosophy of Design" at its only high school, Frazier Mountain High in the town of Lebec.

As part of the agreement, according to Americans United, the school board issued a statement declaring, "No school over which the school district has authority, including the high school, shall offer, presently or in the future, the course entitled "Philosophy of Design' or "Philosophy of Intelligent Design' or any other course that promotes or endorses creationism, creation science, or intelligent design."

Americans United filed suit in federal court on behalf of 11 parents, saying the course does not simply teach intelligent design but teaches it from a specifically religious viewpoint. …

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