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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Arkansas County Coerced by ACLU to Remove "Evolution/Intelligent Design" Textbook Label

The Beebe County School Board of Arkansas agreed to include a label on textbooks indicating the need for critical analysis of evolution. The controversial portion of the label makes reference to "intelligent design":

This textbook discusses evolution, a controversial theory some scientists present as a scientific explanation for the origin of living things, such as plants, animals and humans. Many people believe that evolution alone is not adequate to explain the origins of life. For these people, the idea of an intelligent designer seems to make sense

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) coerced Beebe County with the threat of a lawsuit if the label was not removed. Beebe County officials could not face the exorbitant legal fees to defend the label, so they voted to have it removed.

Arkansas District to Remove Evolution Warning Stickers

The ACLU Frequently Asked Questions on Intelligent Design includes the statement:

FAQ 3B. "Intelligent design and Of Pandas [sic] emerged in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, which ruled that it was unconstitutional to teach so called 'creation science' in the public schools."

ACLU's 'Intelligent Design' FAQ

The 1987 Supreme Court decision Edwards v. Aguillard. Edwards declared that teaching "creation science" in public schools was unconstitutional. The Mystery of Life's Origins, which references "Intelligent Design" was published in 1984, 3 years before the Edwards v. Aguillard

Intelligent Design Network

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