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May 12, 2005

Georgia schools denied delay to appeal anti-science decision

From Agape Press:

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the school board of Cobb County, Georgia, to delay an order to remove evolution disclaimer stickers from science textbooks. The printed stickers advise students that evolution is "a theory, not a fact."

Six parents had sued to remove the stickers, successfully arguing that they are an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. Federal Judge Clarence Cooper ordered the school system to remove them from 34,000 textbooks. However, the Cobb County School Board had requested a delay while appealing the court's decision that the textbook stickers violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment -- the so-called separation of church and state.

The disclaimer reads:

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

The Anti-Christian Liberals Union represented the parents who objected to their religion (of Evolution) being questioned. Apparently the ACLU contends (and Federal Judge Clarence Cooper agrees) that open-mindedness, careful study and critical consideration are all “religious dogma”.

The judge is not allowing a delay, which means the school system will have to pay for the removal of stickers from 34,000 textbooks. I guess since they aren't allowed to teach real science anyway, wasting that much money isn't a big deal.

Previous coverage: Closed minded “science”

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 12, 2005 07:54 AM

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