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February 18, 2005

Closed minded “science”

From the Arkansas Leader:

The Beebe School Board decided Monday night that evolution disclaimer stickers will stay in science books, at least for the time being.

A threatened lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union has brought to light the stickers, which board members say they didn't know existed. But now that they know and they know the ACLU intends to sue if they don't remove them, they will wait for the outcome of an appeal of a federal case that was fuel for the ACLU's demand that the stickers be removed immediately.

They also want to wait and see if a conservative, Washington, D.C.-based organization, the American Center for Law and Justice, will be able to defend them in the event of a lawsuit by the ACLU. "Get us some more information," board member Lorrie Belew told Dr. Kieth Williams, school superintendent.

A federal judge in Georgia ruled in mid-January that evolution disclaimer stickers in science books in Cobb County School District had to be immediately removed. The stickers said: "Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered." [emphasis added]

Let me guess, it was the part about having an open mind that the ACLU has a problem with. Can't have that, can we. Everyone knows that having an open and critical mind is nothing more than religious dogma.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 18, 2005 09:10 AM

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Pursuant to my earlier comment in which I posited that you may lack the crucial 'reading comprehension gene', I'll try to lay out in brief the argument for why the sticker is clearly religiously motivated:

There is nothing in empirical science that isn't 'just' a theory. Science explains why and how happens, and none of those explanations are fact. They're all theories, and none can be proven. Given that, the obvious question is why evolution is singled out, when the sticker could just as easily be applied to plate tectonics or the theory of gravity.

Accordingly, one would have to be terminally naive to think that religion isn't the real issue at stake. It's self-evident that this isn't about 'open minds' but rather about religion.

Posted by: jpe at February 18, 2005 09:19 AM

Since the text books in question do indeed present Evolution as a fact, it's not a matter of "singling it out"

And I agree, religion is at the crux of the problem -- the desire for Evolutionists to proselytize for their religion using taxpayer money. Being open minded and critical would interfere with that.

Posted by: Jack at February 18, 2005 04:06 PM

Since the text books in question do indeed present Evolution as a fact, it's not a matter of "singling it out"

They also present every other theory as a fact. When a sticker points to one theory and says it's just a theory, that is singling out one theory.

Posted by: jpe at February 19, 2005 08:29 PM

Which other theories do they present as fact? Gravity is real. It's existence is a fact. How and why it works encompasses various theories, but are any of these presented alone as fact to the exclusion of conflicting theories?

Posted by: Jack at February 20, 2005 05:49 AM

Which other theories do they present as fact?

Plate tectonics is a good one. Similarly, gravity is presented as a law that's eternal (we don't know if it is; it may turn off tomorrow). The theory of relativity is presented in factual terms. Heck, any theory that there is in science is presented as a fact in HS science.

Personally, I'd love it if schools started each science class with a quick philosophy of science tutorial. That way, kids would learn some interesting things, and creationists would get what they want. Seems win-win to me.

Posted by: jpe at February 20, 2005 01:24 PM

They point remains none have viable alternative theories that are being censored. Only the religion of Evolution is allow to proselytize by having their dogma taught as fact at taxpayers' expense.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 20, 2005 01:37 PM

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