Re: [asa] Brownback on evolution

From: PvM <>
Date: Sat Jun 16 2007 - 00:20:53 EDT

On 6/15/07, David Clounch <> wrote:
> Q1. What about ideas which support religious ideas, but which themselves are
> not religious, are these in conflict with the First Amendment? Can
> schoolboards ban those?

That depends, as we have seen in Kitzmiller for instance. Although the
defense claimed that ID was not religious, it was found that it lacked
a secular purpose (science) and combined with its religious
foundations and implications it failed to pass uster.

> Q2. Under what circumstances, accoesding to your claim, would a religious
> idea be in conflict with the First Amendment?

There is quite some good legal overview of this, although for instance
the Lemon test has been watered down recently.

If preferential treatment is given to an idea which has clear
religious implications (and the standard to determine this can include
legislative history, the history of the idea itself, as well as how
such ideas are viewed by third parties) and lacks a clear secular

Perhaps you can share with us your opinions on these matters, from the
ID perspective?

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