Meet the new Cobb, now with Evolution!

The Cobb County school system has been told to remove the evolution stickers (that declare that evolution is “a theory, not a fact”) by U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper

Adopted by the school board, funded by the money of taxpayers, and inserted by school personnel, the sticker conveys an impermissible message of endorsement and tells some citizens that they are political outsiders while telling others they are political insiders,” Cooper wrote in a 44-page decision.
The stickers send “a message that the school board agrees with the beliefs of Christian fundamentalists and creationists,” Cooper said. “The school board has effectively improperly entangled itself with religion by appearing to take a position. Therefore, the sticker must be removed from all of the textbooks into which it has been placed.”

The stickers read: 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

This is, frankly, a false statement about evolution (and not the “theory, not a fact” part). Evolution does not discuss the “origin of living things” in the sense of where life comes from. Instead, evolution is a theory that discusses how life (once it has already began) develops and changes. Just so you know…

2 Comments so far

  1. Stevie (unregistered) on January 13th, 2005 @ 2:13 pm

    You know it’s got to be hard for some kids now days to figure out a lot of stuff about planet Earth. It’s strange how I had evolution taught to me in school when I was a kid in rural Georgia without even a mention of religion and today, in the 21st century, it’s a bit different around the country.

    For my religious teachings, my folks took me to church. For my scientific teachings, they took me to school. I blended the two just fine with a well balanced, logical and objective mix.

    Know why?????

    Because I had parents that were not whacked out!!!! And actually wanted to raise me and be PARENTS!!!! And not force the State to raise me!!!

    I appreciate Judge Coopers objective and logical reasoning. Without downing religion, he made a clear and concise verdict.

    Someone please tell me what it is with Parents in the U.S. now days who are so insecure about their religious beliefs and how to raise their children, etc, etc. It’s really beyond me because I think I could have told my own child in person the same thing the public school system was forced to paste in textbooks on stickers.

  2. gttim (unregistered) on January 14th, 2005 @ 9:06 am

    Of course if you have kids and are educating them well, like with actual science, having other kids taught fake science could be a good thing. It kind of takes out the competition early.

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