More textbook disclaimer stickers.

From the if-you-can’t-beat-em-then-mock-em department comes a resource for more textbook disclaimer stickers. It comes in response to school districts such as the one in Cobb County, Georgia where the school board has been moronic enough to mandate that science textbooks carry a disclaimer sticker about the Theory of Evolution. The common argument being that some scientists disagree with Evolution and it is only a theory so we should go ahead and point out all the other scientific ideas that are “only a theory.” My favorites include:

This book discusses gods. The existence of entities with supernatural powers is controversial, and many people believe that myths, especially other people’s myths, are fictional. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

This book discusses evolution. President George W. Bush said, “On the issue of evolution, the verdict is still out on how God created the Earth.” Therefore, until 2008 this material shood be aproched with an open mind, studeed carefuly, and critcly consid’rd.

Found via ***Dave.

8 thoughts on “More textbook disclaimer stickers.

  1. Of course, I’d say that *any* non-fiction you read should be “approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered,” but that’s a different matter …

  2. Here’s one for the kiddies:

    “NOTE:  The textbook you are about to read has been pounded to mush by various political interest groups who want to make sure it will portray minorities correctly, not offend anyone, and meet goals set by not one committee – that would be bad enough – but dozens of self-appointed experts in school curriculum.  The production of textbooks by this method is not yet controversial but it should be.”

  3. “NOTE: This textbook contains letters, which have been shown to be harmful to impressionable minds.”

  4. Oh, DOF, we certainly don’t want to worry about teaching offensive things about minorities in our schools.  After all, the madrassas don’t worry about it, so why should we?  wink

  5. Good news: CNN reports that the US District Judge has ruled the stickers unconstitutional.

    His conclusion, he said, “is not that the school board should not have called evolution a theory or that the school board should have called evolution a fact.”

    “Rather, the distinction of evolution as a theory rather than a fact is the distinction that religiously motivated individuals have specifically asked school boards to make in the most recent anti-evolution movement, and that was exactly what parents in Cobb County did in this case,” he wrote.

    “By adopting this specific language, even if at the direction of counsel, the Cobb County School Board appears to have sided with these religiously motivated individuals.”

    The sticker, he said, sends “a message that the school board agrees with the beliefs of Christian fundamentalists and creationists.”

    “The school board has effectively improperly entangled itself with religion by appearing to take a position,” Cooper wrote. “Therefore, the sticker must be removed from all of the textbooks into which it has been placed.”

    I’m glad to see that the judges are still on the ball, even if fundamentalist parents keep trying to push their agenda on the local schools.

  6. I know this is an old article but it still keeps getting pushed down our throats. the earth is more than 6000 yrs. old evolution has been proved time and time again scientifically but goes against all conventional religious beliefs. those who claim dinosaurs did not exist are wacked there are living trees that are over 3000yrs old today still standing. 90% of all science is fact based and tested and quantified, yes there are times when we thought one thing and were proven another. that’s ok but to stick to a singular belief no matter how proof from multitudes of sources from all over the world is utterly ridiculous. if the evidence came from 1 or 2 places only I would say yah question it but with todays technology we can be pretty darn sure about a lot of things. just like the earth being round. but yet there still are those who think it is flat.

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