Scopes revisited

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 5:29 p.m.

The Scopes "monkey trial" from the 1920s never ends. Every time the idea of teaching the Biblical story of creation in the public schools is rejected, it pops up somewhere else.

The latest outbreak is in Cobb County, Ga., near Atlanta. The local School Board voted unanimously Thursday to allow teachers to discuss creation as an alternate when discussing the theory of evolution. The board chairman explained the intention was "to foster critical thinking among students to allow academic freedom consistent with legal requirements to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity of opinion and to ensure a posture of neutrality toward religion."

That sounds plausible on the surface, but it's really just another way of introducing religion into the teaching of science. The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 1987.

Religion isn't science. Science isn't religion. They don't mix. Let's leave it that way.

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