Evolution Trial in Georgia

In Atlanta, a trial begins today (link via BoingBoing) over stickers inserted into biology textbooks (ostensibly high school, though the article doesn’t say). The stickers read:

“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.”

The plaintiffs claim that these stickers constitute an endorsement of a particular religious belief; the school officials claim that it is simply an injunction to students to keep an open mind (though it must be noted that they did not also put in a sticker reading “This textbook contains information on germs. That germs cause disease is a theory, not a fact. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered”).

The trial is expected to take a few days; perhaps we’ll know the outcome by early next week?

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