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A (Small) Win in the Neverending Fight Against Ignorance
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A judge has ruled that placing stickers warning students that evolution is "a theory" in Cobb County, Georgia school districts is illegal.

In ruling that the stickers violate the constitutionally mandated separation between church and state, U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper ruled that labeling evolution a "theory" played on the popular definition of the word as a "hunch" and could confuse students.

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."


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.

But wait...putting a sticker in a textbook isn't establishing a religion, is it? Well, basically the government is taking a religious position by singling out a one particular part of the biology curriculum, motivated entirely by religious reasons.

Personally I believe the Establishment Clause should be interpreted as widely as possibly, essentially to the point where the government remains entirely neutral with respect to the issue of religion.

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