Peach State Sticker Shock

Science  23 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5756, pp. 1889
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5756.1889b

Georgia scientists are worried that a U.S. federal appeals panel might side with Cobb County school officials after the panel heard oral arguments last week on the content of antievolution stickers placed in textbooks.

Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education say that a three-judge panel in Atlanta received “erroneous” information at its 15 December hearing. The court was reviewing a lower court ruling that the stickers, which call evolution “a theory, not a fact,” unconstitutionally advance a religious view. The court failed to acknowledge scientific errors in the sticker, the education group laments, and wrongly assumed that the school board acted before fundamentalist parents complained, thus mooting the argument that the stickers were a response to religious influences. The school board disavows any religious motive, saying that the stickers encourage “critical thinking.”

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