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Survival of the faddist

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jan 14, 2005

A federal judge in Georgia has ordered Cobb County educators to remove stickers that were affixed to science textbooks. The stickers, the learned judge determined, "convey a message of endorsement of religion."

Here's the actual text of those nasty stickers:

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.

Now which religion does that statement endorse? If you took the Cobb Country caution to heart, would you be more likely to become a Presbyterian? a Buddhist? a Zoroastrian?

But the sticker clearly does not endorse faith in Darwinism-- the only faith which, in the eyes of American courts, must be preserved from scientific scrutiny.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 15, 2005 2:38 PM ET USA

    The judge in Cobb County is being quite outrageous in ordering the removal of the sticker urging scientific caution about evolution but Catholics do need to be more careful in the wording of their objections. The Holy See talks about theories of Evolution, of which Darwinism is only one. Contemporary Paleontology and Molecular biology support an explanation very close to that both of Erasmus Darwin (Charles grandfather) and the Catholic Lamark than to modern Darwinism

  • Posted by: - Jan. 15, 2005 9:14 AM ET USA

    Right on, Phil! I'd never quite placed this secular faith. Darwinism? Of course. Kaiser

  • Posted by: - Jan. 15, 2005 9:13 AM ET USA

    There has been a report on the web between an American and a Chinese scientist which has the Chinese saying in effect: "Americans have freedom of speech and criticize their presidents severly, but do not object to evolution. Chinese do not have freedom of speech and do not criticize their leaders, but have no patience for the nonsense in Darwin and criticize evolutionary theory often and severly." We have become a nation of sheeple with wolves wearing all the pastoral clothing.

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