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The most imporant development during 2004:

bullet 2004-NOV-08: GA: Cobb County school district adopts disclaimer stickers: The Cobb County School District in Georgia adopted a policy requiring that any of its school biology textbooks which mention evolution contain a sticker reading: "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." Jeffrey Selman, a former resident of New York state who has a 10 year old son in the Cobb school system initiated a lawsuit: Selman v. Cobb County School District, seeking to have the stickers removed. Attorney for the school district, Linwood Gunn, testified in U.S. District Court that the sticker was meant to "encourage critical thinking." He said that it did not imply that evolution was wrong; he added that it was silly to consider the stickers a promotion of religion. ACLU lawyer Margaret F. Garrett told U.S. District Court Judge Clarence Cooper that "the disclaimer’s wording is actually an endorsement of religion and it makes evolution seem unsound and unsupported." Attorney and counsel for the parents against the sticker, Michael Manley said: "Evolution is the underpinning of all life sciences. Stating that evolution is only a theory is a covert way of prompting students to discuss the existence of God and to proselytize religious theories of the origins of humankind." 1

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  1. Pam Sheppard, "Will the sticker stick? Federal case challenges sticker disclaimer on Georgia textbooks,"  Answers in Genesis, 2004-NOV-12, at:

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