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Score One for Evolution

Posted By Evante Garza-Licudine On Oct 10, 2008 @ 2:20 pm In News | Comments Disabled


A couple who felt a UC Berkeley site [1] on the relationship between evolutionary theory and religion violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment [2] had their case thrown out [3] by a federal appeals court. Oh snap! Score one for science.

It seems the controversial statements were

The misconception that one always has to choose between science and religion is incorrect. Of course, some religious beliefs explicitly contradict science (e.g., the belief that the world and all life on it was created in six literal days); however, most religious groups have no conflict with the theory of evolution or other scientific findings. In fact, many religious people, including theologians, feel that a deeper understanding of nature actually enriches their faith. Moreover, in the scientific community there are thousands of scientists who are devoutly religious and also accept evolution.

as well as a side link to several religious groups’ statements concerning evolution [4]. The question, however, is whether that constitutes an endorsement of specific religions at the expense of others.

The Clog hopes that linking [5] to some sites [6] doesn’t entail an endorsement [7], because that [8] would be terrible [9]. Lucky for us, the appeals court’s decision upheld common sense [10]. Phew!

In particular, the court found that the injured parties, offended by the informational site, weren’t actually offended or injured … or at least couldn’t prove being offended was actually, you know, worth anything (legally).

Thus continues every American’s right to be offended by factual statements!

Image Source: Richard Fannin [11] under Creative Commons
Court tosses local couple’s evolution suit [Press-Tribune [3]]


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URLs in this post:

[1] UC Berkeley site: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/misconceps/IVAandreligion.shtml

[2] Establishment Clause of the First Amendment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Establishment_Clause_of_the_First_Amendment

[3] case thrown out: http://www.rosevillept.com/detail/95466.html

[4] statements concerning evolution: http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/articles/5025_statements_from_religious_orga_12_19_2002.asp

[5] linking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KKK

[6] some sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_of_apartheid

[7] an endorsement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCain

[8] that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link

[9] terrible: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAMBLA

[10] common sense: http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/historical_archives_the

[11] Richard Fannin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2603500162/

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