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Judge to rule on legality of Georgia warning stickers on evolution textbooks

Avi Blizovsky

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A Georgia school management team violated the US Constitution when it ordered stickers challenging the theory of evolution to be affixed to Lloyd's biology textbooks two years ago. This is what the lawyer of a group of parents said.
Federal District Judge Clarence Cooper announced last Friday that he would issue a quick ruling on the issue.
At the conclusion of the sixth day of hearings in a federal trial in Atlanta, Judge Michael Manley accused the Cobb County school board of using warning stickers to promote religion in the school, which is prohibited under the constitution that provides for the separation of religion and state.
"They promote a religious example to all the students" said Manley, who commented that the stickers seek to warn only about evolution but not about the other alternative theories regarding the origin of the human race. The stickers were added to the books after pressure from hundreds of parents, many of them religious conservatives.
"These books contain material about evolution. Evolution is a theory - not a fact regarding the origin of living beings. You have to approach this material with an open mind, research carefully and come to a conclusion after a review." It says on the stickers.
Lynwood Gunn (Gunn), an attorney for the school board in Atlanta suburbs, says that the sticker only advises students to keep an open mind and does not promote one religion or another and thereby violates the constitutional principle of the separation of religion from the state.
The Civil Rights Association sued the school board on behalf of parents who believe these warnings push teachers toward creationism and discriminate against non-Christians and other believers.
Creationists reject scientific explanations for the origin and development of life, preferring instead the idea of ​​a supernatural creation by God. Evolution, which is actually accepted by all biologists, holds that life evolved from more primitive creatures and was dictated by natural selection.
The US Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that creationism cannot be taught in public schools alongside evolution. The trial in Georgia took place a week after the re-election of President Bush, who received massive support from religious and conservative groups opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion. The trial also revived the memory of the 1925 monkey trial of John Scopes, a biology teacher from Tennessee who was found guilty of teaching evolution.
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