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The anti-science stupid, it burns 
15th-Feb-2009 12:19 pm
House facepalm
From the SF Chronicle:
A Christian schoolteacher from Roseville (Placer County) who takes the Bible literally says a UC Berkeley Web site about evolution is unconstitutional, like a cross in a public park.

The Web site, "Understanding Evolution," is supported by government funds and violates the constitutional separation of church and state, according to the suit by Jeanne Caldwell.…

At issue is one page, out of 840 on the Web site, that says Darwin's theory and religion can co-exist. The page - titled "Misconception: 'Evolution and Religion are Incompatible' " - also features a drawing of a smiling scientist holding a skull and shaking hands with a smiling cleric holding a book with a cross on it.

Caldwell says UC's government-funded assertion contradicts a religious belief that evolution and religion are incompatible and amounts to a state position on religious doctrine. This violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment barring Congress from making any law respecting the establishment or exercise of religion, she says.
So she's suing because the UC web page says evolution and religion are not incompatible. Somehow, I have a feeling that if the web page said "evolution and religion ARE incompatible" she'd be suing over that.
Comments 
15th-Feb-2009 11:54 pm (UTC) - well, if she wants to take on separation of church/state
then I'm sure she agrees:
1) that all the religious money pumped into an election (esp Prop 8) should be banned, and any measure that passes owing to the influx of religious money (esp Prop 8) should be tossed out;
2) that churches should, indeed, have their tax-exempt status revoked, as a direct conflict of church/state.
16th-Feb-2009 04:31 am (UTC)
From your one page link:

"In fact, many religious people, including theologians [...]"

Wow.

I wonder if my belief in the Pythagorean theorem of right-angled triangles counts as a religious belief. If so, I have some excellent triangles of swamp land in Florida to sell to her at exceptional discounts. "Why, yes, ma'am, the square footage is indeed the product of the length of all three sides of the triangle!"
16th-Feb-2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Thanks. You made my brain hurt.

I just found out one of the guys who's in my D&D game doesn't believe in evolution. Of course, this is the same guy who believed that Bush was an upstanding guy, that his administration could do no wrong, and Obama is going to drive our country into the ground.
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