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10.11.04

Bleeding Heart Conservatives

Stickers Put in Evolution Text Are the Subject Of A Federal Trial

A federal judge began hearing testimony on Monday about whether the Cobb County School District should be allowed to leave stickers in biology textbooks saying that evolution was "a theory, not a fact" and should be "approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered."

... The stickers were placed in the textbooks in 2002. The books include a thorough treatment of evolution, and the stickers were intended only to "acknowledge that it may hurt some people's feelings," said E. Linwood Gunn, a lawyer for the board.

... Marjorie Rogers, a parent and self-described "six-day literal creationist" who led a drive that prompted the stickers, said she was not advocating the teaching of religion, but just more theories besides evolution, which she said was disputed science. "I just want an even footing, if there's any kind of science to support it," she testified.

-- via Chris C. Mooney


I actually agree with Rogers. Schools should teach every theory that has "any kind of science to support it." So in addition to evolution, they'll have to teach ... um ... evolution and evolution.

The title of my post refers to the comment by Gunn. I thought conservatism was all about the need to suck it up and face reality -- but when it comes to the origin of species, they're apparently all for treating all opinions as valid and making sure not to hurt anyone's feelings.

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