Thursday, April 27, 2006

Rewarding Religious Prejudice #2

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to point out another obvious problem with Judge Cooper's reasoning: What happens when different citizens support a policy for different reasons and with different motives? What about the citizens who support the sticker on the basis of the science involved? If they are a minority, are they out of luck because a majority supported it for religious reasons? So a good policy with a legitimate secular purpose (encouraging critical thinking) is permanently disallowed because some people supported it for religious reasons?

Also, here is the full text of the sticker, for easy reference:
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.


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