Saturday, January 15, 2005

Winning One for Reason

CNN: Judge: Evolution stickers unconstitutional:

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia, has ruled that a suburban county school district's textbook stickers referring to evolution as "a theory not a fact" are unconstitutional.

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"By adopting this specific language, even if at the direction of counsel, the Cobb County School Board appears to have sided with these religiously motivated individuals."

The sticker, he said, sends "a message that the school board agrees with the beliefs of Christian fundamentalists and creationists."

"The school board has effectively improperly entangled itself with religion by appearing to take a position," Cooper wrote. "Therefore, the sticker must be removed from all of the textbooks into which it has been placed."

Five parents of students and the American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the stickers in court, arguing they violated the constitutional separation of church and state.

I'm sure it's only a matter of time before someone in the Bush Administration or one of their bobbleheaded pundits dismisses Cooper as one of those "Activist Judges" turning our country all topsy turvy by looking at facts and reading the Constitution from time to time. However the right decides to frame this, it's a win for us godless heathans who want our kids to understand science in the classroom, not be forcefed dogma.

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