Monday, January 17, 2005

Victory -- for now

The courts in Georgia have decided that the Cobb County Stickers -- the ones on the HS biology books warning students that evolution was just a theory -- had to go.

The Court Decides

On 13 January 2005, a federal judge ordered the removal of Cobb County’s textbook labels.

According to US District Judge Clarence Cooper, in his 44-page ruling, “In this case, the Court believes that an informed, reasonable observer would interpret the Sticker to convey a message of endorsement of religion. That is, the Sticker sends a message to those who oppose evolution for religious reasons that they are favored members of the political community, while the Sticker sends a message to those who believe in evolution that they are political outsiders.”

Judge Cooper continued, “While evolution is subject to criticism, particularly with respect to the mechanism by which it occurred, this Sticker misleads students regarding the significance and value of evolution in the scientific community for the benefit of the religious alternatives. By denigrating evolution, the School Board appears to be endorsing

From Mike Tidmus's blog -- Mike also warns this is only a limited victory, citing the National Center for Science Education Director, who points out, rightly, that Creationist Activists don't go away.

They might have lost this one. But they won't give up. And they've got their mandate now, don't they?

1 comment:

zelda1 said...

It amazes me how fundies don't want information. Why is it that they refuse to see the evidence? I am not ready to give up on a higher power, but I do see that things evolve sometimes into better and sometimes into worse. All that one needs to do is look at a microbe and watch it for a few years and see how over time it will change the way it defends itself against certain antibiotics or how its own defenses change or as the medical community says, they mutate. It has to change or they, like the dinosaurs would disappear and we would not ever be sick and that hasn't happened and won't. They also change to keep their host population from totally disappearing. That's why we still have people. If you study the simplest cells first then attack the bigger life forms, it is so much easier to see evolution happening and it does continue just look at our president. Every year he looks more like a chimpanzee and his intellegence is slipping right down on the level of an ameoba...oh wait, that isn't evolution but evolution in reverse. Can it be that I have come up with a new theory?