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Evolution Stickers Must Go

inthenews

“Atlanta – A federal judge on Thursday ordered a suburban Atlanta school system to remove stickers from its high school biology textbooks that call evolution ‘theory, not a fact,’ saying the disclaimers are an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

“‘By denigrating evolution, the School Board appears to be endorsing the well-known prevailing alternative theory, creationism or variations thereof, even though the sticker does not specifically reference any alternative theories,’ U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper said.

“The stickers were put inside the books’ front covers by Cobb County public school officials in 2002. They state: ‘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.'”

The Indianapolis Star [January 14, 2005]

Analysis:

The preceding article is yet another indication of the active antagonism modern culture expresses toward the faith the Christian holds dear.

Not content with the constitution’s statements concerning the freedom of religion, such liberal judges are actively advocating freedom from religion in our society.

Such an agenda puts them in a situation of maintaining their dogma even in the face of undeniable truth. The statement contained in the textbook is completely factual. Further, it advocates what is supposed to be a fundamental tenant of the scientific method, that all theories should be “approached with an open mind, studied carefully and criticially considered.”

It is a travesty that in our society the consideration of an “alternative theory” regarding the origin of things must not be studied because it constitutes an endorsement of a position regarding origins which has its genesis in the Bible. It doesn’t matter if there is a basis for the “alternative theory”, it is simply objectionable because of its origin.

Such an unthinking bias against all things religious obviously goes against what the framers of the constitution originally intended. It is, rather, the radical agenda of a society which is completely antagonistic toward professions of faith. May God have mercy upon our country.