:: Monday, January 17, 2005 ::
Federal courts have ordered that the Cobb County School District remove their "Evolution is a theory, not a fact" stickers as they are unconstitutional.
Cooper said he was ruling on the "narrow issue" of the case, brought against the Cobb County School District and Board of Education by four parents of district students, was whether the district's stickers violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
His conclusion, he said, "is not that the school board should not have called evolution a theory or that the school board should have called evolution a fact."
"Rather, the distinction of evolution as a theory rather than a fact is the distinction that religiously motivated individuals have specifically asked school boards to make in the most recent anti-evolution movement, and that was exactly what parents in Cobb County did in this case," he wrote.
"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."
This line of arguement should be textbook for aguing against all creatonists who want to subvert evolution.
Que the "activist judges" rant from the right.
For more such fun, head over here for some stickers from the scientific side of the arguement.
:: The Squire 8:24 AM :: email this post :: ::