Friday, January 14, 2005

Inching closer to a theocracy

"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 federal judge ordered Cobb County school officials to remove stickers with the above paragraph from high school biology textbooks. The ACLU challenged the stickers as an unconstitutional violation of separation of church and state, and the judge agreed, saying they represent a state endorsement of religion.

This reminds me of a similar case, a few centuries back:

"This textbook contains material on the shape of the Earth. Flat Earth is a theory, not a fact, regarding the shape of the Earth. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."

The ACLU lost the case that challenged the stickers with this message.

Any government endorsement of open-mindedness, deliberate study, and critical thinking, besides being unconstitutional, is obviously very dangerous and must be squelched at all costs.

Thank goodness we have the ACLU looking out for us.

(ht Roth Report.)

Update: After a gym conversation with my roommate, I decided for clarity's sake to point out that the reference to a flat Earth sticker is purely satirical. Sadly, the evolution sticker story is not satirical at all.

UpdateII: My friend GW sent me Scott Ott's take, and his satire is much better than mine:

The newly-evolved stickers read as follows: "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a fact, not a theory, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with childlike trust, accepted obediently and defended vigorously against the attacks of ignorant monotheists."

UpdateIII: My original link to Wes Roth was wrong - it's fixed.

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