Friday, January 14, 2005

A FEDERAL JUDGE IN GEORGIA says that Cobb County schools must remove anti-evolution stickers from their science textbooks. The stickers say, "Evolution is a theory, not a fact" (DUH, that's why it's called the THEORY of evolution). The stickers go on to say that the theory of evolution "should be 'approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.' " Which is clearly ridiculous, because ALL human intellectual endeavor, history, culture, politics, and religion should be "approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered." To place this emphasis on critical consideration with respect to evolution only, and to put a sticker in thousands of textbooks to make this point with respect to evolution only, is clearly an endorsement of a religious point of view that opposes the theory of evolution.

And the judge, Clarence Cooper, thought so, too. He "wrote that the stickers, perhaps inadvertently, 'convey a message of endorsement of religion,' violating the First Amendment's separation of church and state and the Georgia Constitution's prohibition against using public money to aid religion."

Thank GOD someone in a position of authority still has some common sense, not to mention respect for the Bill of Rights. And I use the word "God" with great deliberation, and not in violation of the the Third Commandment.

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