Monday, November 08, 2004
"Cobb County's school board, which placed the disclaimers on biology books in 2002 at the behest of hundreds of parents, many of them religious conservatives, rejected suggestions it had promoted religion in its classrooms in violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.
The stickers read: 'This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.'
'It doesn't say anything about faith,' Linwood Gunn, a lawyer for the suburban Atlanta school system, testified in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. 'It doesn't say anything about religion.'
Noting that one of the biology books contained more than 100 pages about evolution, Linwood said the stickers only advised that students keep an open mind on the subject. "