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Tuesday, December 13, 2005 

Everything old is new again

...as Nick Matzke reveals.

I'm sure some of you paid attention to the goings-on in Cobb county, Georgia, earlier this year. To sum up, evolution-deniers had placed the infamous "evolution is a theory, not a fact" disclaimer sticker on biology textbooks in the district. Other parents sued to have them removed. In January, U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper said that the sticker violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment--bye-bye stickers. The ruling was appealed, and the hearing for that appeal is scheduled to be held later this week.

So, now what you're up to speed, check out Nick's finding: a 1925 quote from the LA Times discussing evolution as a "theory, not a fact." Man, can't *anyone* on their side come up with some new material?

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  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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