An incredible demonstration of religious intolerance came in today’s decision of a Federal judge in Atlanta regarding how the theory of evolution can be described in textbooks (also see the report at the Christian Post). Since 2002, science textbooks in Cobb County schools (a northern suburb of Atlanta) have had stickers attached to them with these words: “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.” That seems like a reasonable way to respect the predominantly Christian community and to put a scientifically fair disclaimer regarding the limits of scientific knowledge. But for some people of the atheist faith, it is anathema to even question their claims about the nonexistence of God, or to leave open the possibility that a Creator might exist.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper felt that stating that (non-theistic) evolution is “a theory, not a fact” is somehow an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. “By denigrating evolution, the school board appears to be endorsing the well-known prevailing alternative theory, creationism or variations thereof, even though the sticker does not specifically reference any alternative theories,” the judge opined.
This kind of judicial abuse does not demand another amendment to the Constitution to fix. There are already Constitutional means to restraining an over-zealous judiciary, not to mention the ability to impeach those who abuse their office. What Judge Cooper has done is to take a dramatic step toward the obvious goal of the atheist jihad movement: to establish a state religion of atheism, to interfere in the free exercise of other faiths, and to restrict the freedom of speech for those with other views (you, Christian infidels).
“You want to question our absolute faith in godless creation, and leave open the possibility of a Creator? And you want to do that with a scientifically accurate sticker on a textbook? Good heavens – that might let some deluded Christian infidels maintain their faith in God! This is unconstitutional, my primitive Georgia rednecks! You may not say that our beliefs on the origin of life are only a “theory,” and someday soon, when our fundamentalist atheist state is fully empowered and we have completely separated all remnants of the church from our state, you won’t even be allowed to think that.”
Nice to see those judges standing up for the Constitution.
Say, Judge Cooper, I’d be happy to help remove any unwanted religious material you might have been unwittingly given in your business dealings with infidel Christians. You know, all those slips of green paper in your wallet with the unconstitutional endorsement of God printed on them – promoting not just His existence, but advocating trust in Him. Far more dangerous than textbook stickers! That’s got to go, too. (It certainly will – I predict we’ll have modified our currency and coins to remove reference to God within the next decade.)