Thursday, January 13, 2005

Agape Press Responds to the Decision

After completing the previous entry, I visited the Agape Press website. They responded to the decision in precisely the manner I predicted at the end of my previous entry:


A Christian attorney says a federal judge has joined the ACLU in its crusade against critical thinking by ruling that a suburban Atlanta school district must remove an evolution disclaimer from science books.

On Thursday (January 13), U.S. District Court Judge Clarence Cooper ordered the Cobb County Board of Education must remove from inside the textbooks a sticker that says “Evolution is a theory not a fact, regarding the origin of living things.” Continuing, the sticker admonished students that the material “should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.”

Evidently the caveats did nothing to dissuade Judge Cooper, who said the stickers violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Parents and the American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the stickers in court, arguing they violated the “separation of church and state” -- and Cooper agreed.


Actually, the parents and the ACLU argued that the stickers violated the Establishment Clause of the first amendment, as well as the Georgia state constitution.

But what really struck me about the Agape Press article was this paragraph:


But Brian Fahling, an attorney with a Mississippi-based pro-family organization, says the stickers do not constitute a violation of the Establishment Clause.

“I think it's absolutely beyond the pale that we live in a nation where the fact that maybe people who had religious beliefs [and] wanted to encourage their students to think with an open mind is somehow now a violation of the Establishment Clause,” says Fahling. “It just makes one unable to comprehend how the judge got there -- other than ultimately a hostility, I think, to religion.”


Of course, the judge wrote forty-four pages explaining how he arrived at his decision. He based his finding on the Lemon test, relevant Court precedents for applying the Lemon test, and the evidence that was before him. But as I mentioned before, subtelties like that are too difficult for the religious right to contemplate.

7 Comments:

At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a classic contradiction, isn't it? On the one hand, these people are always swearing that they're in no way trying to inject religion into public education, it's all about critical thinking and a fair examination of all the evidence. But then when their efforts fail, they immediately blame the judge's "hostility, I think, to religion." I can't remember where I first saw this phenomenon pointed out, but this is a pretty egregious example.

Of course, on rereading the quotation, I see that this Brian Fahling guy even acknowledges that this is about religious beliefs, but still fails to see any violation of the establishment clause. And this guy's an attorney? What's next, is he going to argue that the government shutting down a newspaper that criticized the president would not be a violation of the freedom of the press? I guess he adheres to the Alberto Gonzales theory that the Constitution only means what it says if you want it to.

-- Steve the Unregistered

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger Amber said...

The even more ironic thing is that evolutionary theory doesn't even speak to the origin of living things. It doesn't attempt to explain how life began.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger itisnt said...

yea its a pity there isn't one of those amendment thingies that said science should not be misrepresented.

 
At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amber, yes. And it's so ironic how psychology doesn't say anything about the motions of bodies in a vacuum. And it's so ironic how physics doesn't say anything about the study of cultural civilizations.

Oops! Wait, those are all different fields! Ok, scratch that.

 
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