Evolution Must be Taught as Fact, Not Fiction!
The sticker was meant to be a harmless reminder. All it said was simply: “This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory and not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.” Apparently, open-mindedness in Georgia is against the law. Placing those stickers inside the front covers of Cobb county biology textbooks is evidently a crime, according to U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper.
Six parents have sued the Georgia school board over the stickers, claiming that they advance a religious agenda. Judge Cooper agreed with the claim, stating that the labels did not have a “secular purpose,” and therefore were an unconstitutional violation of separation of church and state. An Associated Press (A.P.) news report noted: “A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a school district’s practice of posting disclaimers inside science textbooks saying evolution is ‘a theory, not a fact’” (see “Georgia Evolution…,” 2004). Michael Manely, the attorney who represents the six Cobb county parents, said: “We’re very excited about this.” As well he should be. Only in America can we find a judicial system that would hear such a pathetic argument trumped up under the guise of “separation of church and state.”
The A.P. report goes on to note: “The lawsuit argues that the disclaimer restricts the teaching of evolution, promotes and requires the teaching of creationism and discriminates against particular religions.” With that in mind, let’s revisit exactly what the sticker says:
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.
And exactly what part of that was discussing religion? Exactly where did it mention creationism? In explaining why he made this ridiculous decision, the judge “noted that while the disclaimer has no biblical reference, it encourages students to consider alternatives other than evolution” (See “Georgia Evolution...”). Perish the thought—that students should actually think on their own and evaluate the validity of a theory using their own discretion.
I would be curious if Judge Cooper would allow scientific evidence to be presented that contradicts evolutionary theory. If he will not allow a mere sticker that reminds students that evolution is a theory, then anyone pointing out the scientific errors of evolution might expect to be thrown in jail. Adolf Hitler is reported to have once said: “Let me control the textbooks, and I will control the state!” Evolutionists obviously recognize the truthfulness of this statement, as they are seeking to ensure that students never develop their own critical-thinking skills. The evolutionary agenda will now prescribe exactly what our children must believe and think—as open minds are no longer welcome in the classroom.
“Georgia Evolution Debate Goes to Trial,” (2004) Associated Press/MSNBC [On-line], URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4677867/.