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    Georgia Scientists File Legal Brief in Evolution Lawsuit, Defend Open-Minded Approach to Teaching Evolution By: Staff Discovery Institute November 8, 2004 ...
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      Georgia Scientists File Legal Brief in Evolution Lawsuit, Defend Open-Minded Approach to Teaching
      Evolution

      By: Staff
      Discovery Institute
      November 8, 2004

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      ATLANTA, NOV. 8 � The courts should not prevent educators from encouraging students to approach
      the study of evolution with an open mind according to over 30 scientists, including 25 from
      Georgia, who have submitted a legal brief to the US District Court in the Northern District of
      Georgia.

      The court begins hearing testimony today in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU challenging the Cobb Co.
      school district�s right to insert a sticker into high school biology textbooks which states: �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.�

      �Frankly, it�s astonishing that the ACLU opposes having students study evolution �with an open
      mind,�� says attorney Seth Cooper, an expert on the legal aspects of teaching evolution. �The ACLU
      is supposed to be against censorship and favor the free marketplace of ideas, but here it is
      dogmatically trying to censor a school district from encouraging an open-minded approach to
      teaching evolution.�

      Cooper points out that the textbook sticker does not deal with creationism or even alternative
      scientific theories to evolution: �It merely encourages students to avoid dogmatism when studying
      evolution by carefully and critically examining the evidence with an open mind,� explains Cooper.
      �That sort of critical inquiry is the heart of what science is supposed to be about.�

      While the ACLU claims there is no debate among scientists over Darwinian evolution, Cooper, a
      program officer with the Discovery Institute�s Center for Science & Culture, explains that this is
      simply not true.

      �There is a robust and growing scientific controversy surrounding neo-Darwinian theory,� says
      Cooper. �The scientists listed in this brief wanted to correct the ACLU�s patently erroneous claim
      that no scientists question Darwinian evolution.�

      The brief states �that the science education necessary to equip students for the 21st Century
      should not censor relevant scientific information about important scientific controversies (such
      as neo-Darwinian and chemical evolutionary theories), but should fully inform students about such
      debates.�

      Scientists joining the legal brief include biologists and biochemists from state schools such as
      University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw
      State University, Stanford University, and Ohio State University. Many of the scientists are
      signatories of the national �Scientific Dissent from Darwinism� list of over 300 scientists who
      are �skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for
      the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be
      encouraged.�

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      Media Backgrounder on Selman Sticker Case Regarding Evolution Disclaimer in Biology Textbooks
      By: Seth Cooper
      Discovery Institute
      November 8, 2004
      http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&id=2293


      Georgia Scientists File Legal Brief in Evolution Lawsuit, Defend Open-Minded Approach to Teaching
      Evolution
      By: Staff
      Discovery Institute
      November 8, 2004
      http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&id=2289


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      Christopher W. Ashcraft
      Northwest Creation Network
      http://nwcreation.net
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