Saturday, January 15, 2005

Inherit The Sticker: "The story of the 'evolution stickers' and how they got placed into public school textbooks in Cobb County, Georgia, is really just a story about a group of beleaguered school officials who got caught in the push-and-pull of religion, science and politics. The local educators tried to compromise their way through the emotional fight between evolution and creationism and they ended up instead in the middle of a high-strung battle that could end up before the Justices of the United States Supreme Court.

"A federal judge ruled Thursday that the county acted improperly when it ordered placed into new science textbooks a sticker that declared: 'This textbook contains material on evolution. 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.' Specifically, U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper found (2.45 MB PDF) that the first sentence of that sticker had the effect of endorsing religion in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment."

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