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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Those Evolution Stickers 

So the 11th Circuit is going to rule on whether those textbook stickers are unconstitutional under, I presume, the Establishment Clause.

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."

A trial judge already ruled them unconstitutional:
"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," U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper said in his 44-page ruling.
This is wierd territory. I obviously favor drawing the line way out on church/state separation. But the people who put these stickers out there did a good job of wording them - it's the same wolf-in-sheep's-clothing messaging that has helped ID trojan horse its way into the mainstream. It makes the lower court's ruling read pretty milquetoast. I mean, "political outsiders" v. "political insiders"? Gimme a fuckin' break. I hope there's some better rationale in that opinion somewhere, but I'm not about to read it while I'm supposedly doing a practice test for Fed Courts.

Anywho...something to watch. Also, an excuse to link to this again.

I should make this clear. Those stickers are an endorsement of creationism no matter how they're worded and it should be unconstitutional to use taxpayer money to put that message into textbooks in public schools. Period. But you gotta hand it to those IDers...they're good with the bullshit.

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