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Arkansas Removes Anti-Evolution Stickers
2005.02.11 (Fri) 00:47

As reported by the ACLU, and initially found in TheCabin.net, it sounds like creationism suffered a loss in Arkansas yesterday:

LITTLE ROCK, AR--Following action by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, the Beebe School District today agreed to remove stickers it had placed in science textbooks undermining the validity of evolution and introducing the religious concept of an "intelligent designer" behind the origin of life. After receiving complaints about the stickers from community members, the ACLU wrote a letter to the superintendent of the school district demanding that the stickers be removed.

We hadn't really been following this one, but it sounds like the Cobb County ruling pretty much sealed the deal for Arkansas:

In its letter to the school district, the ACLU cited the recent decision in the federal lawsuit, Selman v. Cobb. County School District, which held that similar stickers in Georgia textbooks violate the First Amendment. The ACLU said that the stickers used by the Beebe School District go much further than the three-line Cobb County disclaimer, because they specifically reference an "intelligent designer," which is a religious concept.

These people went beyond the usual line of crap about evolution being a "controversial theory" and specified the existence of an "intelligent designer." Oops, they tipped their hand!

We haven't seen much coverage of this story, so we'll look to confirm the details later via other independant news sources. Anyway, as we've said before, every small victory moves the United States a little further away from forced religious stupidity.


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The Two Percent Company, 2005.02.12 (Sat) 17:13 [Link] »

Some further information can be found on the NCSE web site. This includes the full text of the disclaimer, which is pretty extreme in that it references some well-worn creationist falsifications presented in the form of fact-based questions. It's pretty disturbing that this was ever put into science textbooks, and we're sure glad it's gone. Check it out.




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