November 13, 2007 â The National Center for Science Education congratulates the producers of Judgment Day, a documentary about the seminal Kitzmiller v. Dover trial of 2005, for its accurate portrayal of the case that showed intelligent design to be a specific religious viewpoint. Judgment Day premiers on November 13, 2007, on PBS stations nationwide.
NCSE served as a consultant for the plaintiffsâ successful legal team in the case, and three members of its board of directors â Kevin Padian, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley; Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University; and Brian Alters, professor of education at McGill University â testified as expert witnesses at the trial.
Research in the NCSE archives played a crucial role in demonstrating the links between intelligent design and previous forms of creationism. âThey tried to make an end-run around an earlier generation of legal rulings by switching the word âcreationâ to âintelligent designâ in drafts of a creationist textbook,â commented Nick Matzke, NCSEâs scientific consultant for the Dover plaintiffs and now a doctoral student in integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. âWe found documents in the NCSE archives which were âmissing linksâ in this evolution of creationism.â