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La. Schools Reject Evolution Disclaimer

The Associated Press
Thursday, December 12, 2002; 3:47 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's state school board rejected a proposal Thursday to place a disclaimer in high school biology textbooks that would state that evolution is "only a theory."

Only Alabama has such a statewide disclaimer, but school districts elsewhere have issued their own. One suburban Atlanta school district, Cobb County, was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union in August over similar disclaimers it placed in thousands of textbooks.

The Louisiana board rejected the disclaimers on a 7-3 vote.

"I am not prepared to go back to the Dark Ages," board President Paul Pastorek said Tuesday after a board committee approved the disclaimer. "I don't think state boards should dictate editorial content of school textbooks."

The disclaimer would have stated that the theory of evolution "still leaves many unanswered questions about the origin of life." [NOTE: evolution and evolutionary theory doesn't even try to cover "the origin of life:" that's biopoesis, not evolution! --- dr]

It also would have told students: "Study hard and keep an open mind. Someday you may contribute to the theories of how living things appeared on earth." [We already know: It's called EVOLUTION. -- dr]

2002 The Associated Press

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