Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Sleepless in Seattle

Apparently, the Discovery Institute's John West had trouble sleeping last night.

In the early hours of the morning, West posted a long piece on Discovery's Evolution News and Views blog asserting that a "year after Dover, Darwinists seem increasingly disillusioned as well as shrill."

As the bleary-eyed West was posting, such was the despair among Darwinists that many were just getting to bed after a night of popping champagne corks to toast the big victory in Cobb County.

And celebration was in order because yesterday, the National Center for Science Education and Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced that the Cobb County school board agreed to a settlement that enjoined them not only from "restoring to the science textbooks of students in the Cobb County schools any stickers, labels, stamps, inscriptions, or other warnings or disclaimers bearing language substantially similar to that used on the sticker that is the subject of this action."

The settlement with the school district also enjoined them from taking any of a number of actions that "would prevent or hinder the teaching of evolution," including making oral or written disclaimers about evolution or Darwin, placing statements in textbooks about "creationism, creation science, intelligent design, or any other religious view concerning the origins of life or the origins of human beings," and "excising or redacting materials on evolution in students' science textbooks." The agreement is binding in perpetuity.

All of this, naturally, goes unmentioned in West's post.


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