Saturday, November 13, 2004

Here we go again

A judge in Georgia will soon rule on the constitutionality of disclaimer stickers on biology textbooks 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."

There is nothing to object to in the second part of the statement. All material in every science textbook should be approached with an open mind and critically considered, and any good science text should say as much in the preface. The objections to the stickers are that evolution is singled out and that the stickers are religiously motivated.

In the past, the courts, including the Supreme Court, have been bulwarks against the intrusion of religion into public school science curricula. It remains to be seen how long this will last.

By the way, as a humorous side to the issue, have you heard of Project Steve?