NCSE, evolution, Caldwell, & "taxpayer standing"!
Understanding California anti-evolution lawsuit
On March 23, 2009, the Supreme Court denied certiorari without comment to Caldwell v. Caldwell, which challenged the constitutionality of the Understanding Evolution website — a joint project of the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education.
The San Francisco Chronicle (March 23, 2009) reports,
> "One page on Cal's 840Caldwell filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 2005.
> page 'Understanding Evolution' web
> site says Darwinism can be compatible
> with religion. The four-year-old suit by
> Jeanne Caldwell said the government-
> funded web site contradicts her
> religious belief about the incompatibility > of religion and Darwinism and amounts > to a state position on religious doctrine > that violates the Constitutional
> separation of church and state."
But her suit was dismissed in 2006 because she
> failed to allege that she hadWhen she appealed the decision, the appellate court's decision concluded,
> federal taxpayer standing,
> failed to sufficiently allege state
> taxpayer standing,
> failed to establish that she suffered
> a concrete "injury in fact."
> "Accordingly, we believe there is tooReacting to the Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case, a lawyer for the University of California told the Chronicle,
> slight a connection between Caldwell’s
> generalized grievance, and the
> government conduct about which she
> complains, to sustain her standing to
> "We believe the lower court rulingsUnderstanding Evolution...has been such a success in providing information about evolution to teachers, students, and the general public that the University of California Museum of Paleontology proceeded to develop a similar but broader resource, Understanding Science, which launched in 2009, just in time for the Year of Science.
> were correct, and we're glad this ends
> the matter."
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