The Guardian commented last week on the Dover decision and delivered a stinging rebuke to “George Bush’s United States”:
This ruling matters, not just to the parents who brought it on their children’s behalf, but because the belief in biblical literalism is on the march in America. A recent survey found only 26% of Americans believe, with Darwin, that life on earth has evolved through natural selection. Two-thirds favour the teaching of creationism alongside evolution, against which the judge ruled, while 38% think evolution should not be taught in school at all. ID has powerful adherents – including Mr Bush himself – and rich and militant supporters who will make trouble for those who hold the line on behalf of Darwin, evolution and science – no corporate sponsors came forward this year for the big Darwin exhibition now in New York, for instance.