Saturday, January 15, 2005

Taking back the night

A little candle of hope was lit in the state of Georgia when a federal judge ruled in favour of moving that state's school board out of the dark ages. Since 2002, the school board has had a sticker in public school science texts stating:
“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.”
That statement was ruled to violate the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution by the federal judge. In his decision [PDF], the judge said that the sticker sent the message that some citizens were political insiders, while others were political outsiders -- that it endorsed religion. Despite the victory however, there are still school boards out there that have enacted policies to curtail the teaching of evolution, while battles are being waged in still other school boards. This is just another sign of the decline of the American civilization.

In other news, backwards-bucktoothed-inbred-hillbilly-southern states are debating whether to restart the witch trials. God loves a fundamentalist!


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