October 22, 2014 · 28 Tishrei

Join Us

Key Topics

Give

Reform Jewish Leader Applauds Court Ruling in Intelligent Design Case
In response to today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the “intelligent design” case (Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District), Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, “Objective scientific processes and theories must never be subverted to serve religious, political or ideological goals.”

Saperstein: Objective scientific processes and theories must never be subverted to serve religious, political or ideological goals.

Contact: Alexis Rice or Sarah Burrows, 202.387.2800

Washington, December 20, 2005 – Saperstein: - In response to today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the “intelligent design” case (Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District), Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

The scientific theory of evolution is being challenged in public schools and in our courts by those seeking to tear down the wall of separation between church and state by enshrining one religious view into public school curricula. This campaign is dangerous, especially to those who cherish true religious liberty. We, therefore, applaud today’s District Court decision reaffirming the First Amendment and welcome the Court’s acknowledgment that evolutionary theory does not negate the existence of God. As the Court rightly held, intelligent design, also known as creationism, is not science; it is religion. The Dover School District’s effort to advance religion by teaching creationism in public schools was a disservice to its students and to all of us.

Objective scientific processes and theories must never be subverted to serve religious, political or ideological goals. As people of faith have long known, the choice between religion and science is false one. We know that science and God are complementary. Maimonides, the great Jewish scholar and physician, taught that an individual’s ability to learn was a key element of spirituality. As Jewish Americans, members of a religious minority, we understand, as did the framers of our Constitution, that our government and its institutions must serve Americans of all faiths and no faith.

###

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



Chai Impact Action Center
Take action on these top issues!

 

 
Travel Justly, Social Action Prayers, Program Bank, Holiday Guides Travel Justly Social Action Prayers Social Action Program Bank Holiday Guides
© Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, 1996-2013
View our Privacy Statement
URJ CCAR