ATLANTA – A suburban school board that put stickers in high school science books saying evolution is “a theory, not a fact” abandoned its legal battle to keep them Tuesday after four years.
The Cobb County board agreed in federal court never to use a similar sticker or to undermine the teaching of evolution in science classes.
In return, the parents who sued over the stickers agreed to drop all legal action.
It’s one more battle down, but the war is far from over. There are a lot of ignorant people out there, armed with the righteous fury of their own delightful brand of mythological nonsense, and they’re raising an entire generation of children to believe in it too.
Granted, a small number of them will grow up to become self-loathing homosexuals, leading large churches under the guise of being well-adjusted straight men that love Jesus (but who don’t love Jesus), only to fall from grace and be stripped of their influence, but that’s a mere drop in the sea of dumb.
However, as this follows on the heels of the Dover decision, maybe the tide in this country is turning away from the dark ages.
Update: PZ Myers notes:
I will make my by now familiar disclaimer: this is very good news, but no minds will have been changed by this decision.
Oh, my mind has been changed that maybe there’s hope for humanity yet… but I know what he means. When you have millions of people that blindly put rambling, ancient texts above the sum of knowledge in the biological sciences, I think we might actually be overgenerous in saying they have minds to change.