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Survival of the faddist

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | 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.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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