Unchallenged Alabama state evolution-disclaimer textbook stickers
In fact, some of the language in Cobb County's stickers was identical to that of Alabama's latest stickers, which end with --
Instructional materials chosen to implement the content standards within this course of study should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.
For comparison, the Cobb County stickers ended with --
This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.
Alabama filed a joint amicus brief with Texas in the appeal of Selman v. Cobb County because the district court decision in that lawsuit threatened Alabama's own textbook stickers. The brief says,
INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE
. . . Since 1996, the State of Alabama has affixed stickers concerning the theory of evolution to the fronts of biology textbooks used in public schools. The current sticker, approved by the State Board of Education, reads as follows:
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Whether or not controlling, it is clear that any ruling concerning the constitutionality of Cobb County's textbook sticker will have an important bearing on the validity of Alabama's sticker.
There have been major lawsuits against evolution disclaimers in local school districts: Kitzmiller v. Dover (oral disclaimer), Selman v. Cobb County (textbook sticker disclaimer), and Freiler v. Tangipahoa Parish (oral disclaimer). Are the Darwinists afraid to sue a whole state over an evolution disclaimer? The Darwinists were not afraid to sue states over a law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools (Epperson v. Arkansas) and over laws requiring equal treatment of evolution and creation science in the public schools (Edwards v. Aguillard and McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education).
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Labels: Selman v. Cobb County