Judgment Day is just the sort of thoughtful programming that celebrates how sensible people - faithful and otherwise - can use science and reason to combat fundamentalism. --Adam Rutherford, Nature
I think it's important for people to see this ... If you glibly embrace intelligent design, or if you're in that 48 or 50 percent who believe creationism ought to be taught in school, I hope [you] will watch this. --Judge John E. Jones III, quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Leave it to the respected PBS science show NOVA to put some common sense back into the often hysterical debate over whether intelligent design is science or religion - and remind us that Darwin's theory of evolution is a solid one that should be taught in science classes. --Rick Bird, Cincinnati Post
Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in a landmark battle over the teaching of evolution in public schools. In 2004, the Dover school board ordered science teachers to read a statement to high school biology students about an alternative to Darwin s theory of evolution called intelligent design the idea that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and so must have been designed by an intelligent agent. The teachers refused to comply, and both parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of violating the constitutional separation of church and state.
Now, NOVA explores the arguments by lawyers and expert witnesses in riveting detail and provides an eye-opening crash course on questions such as What is evolution? and Is intelligent design a scientifically valid alternative? Featuring trial reenactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants and expert scientists, this gripping program presents the celebrated case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District.