Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Good ol' WingNutDaily! They always bring the crazy nice and frosty cold!
They have a little blurb about the upcoming oral arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Larry Caldwell's quixotic lawsuit against the University of California-Berkeley because of the University's involvement in creating the non-commercial, educational website, Understanding Evolution. The specific complaint is that the site, in stating that religion and evolution are not incompatible and pointing to a number of religious sects and organizations that accept the science, amounts to "a government funded website tell[ing] school teachers what theology is and isn't to be preferred."
I've recently discussed the decision in Sklar v. Clough and why the lower court decision there doesn't support the kind of claim that Caldwell is making. In short, informing students of differences in theological reactions to science, particularly evolution, is merely providing factual information, not making value judgments as to which is the "right" theology.
WND actually provides a superb example of the difference and why schools have the right and the need to make such distinctions. According to WND:
The site also derides religious faiths that "explicitly contradict science" by teaching six-day creation ...
Some people won't be satisfied until every child has the best education the Twelfth Century can provide.