An Atlanta area school district has reached terms with parents who had sued the district over “evolution stickers” placed inside science textbooks. According to an AP report posted on Law.com, the district has agreed to remove the stickers, while the parents have agreed to drop their suit.
So what did the offensive sticker say? It read:
“This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.”
A group of parents sued the District, claiming that the label constituted an unconstitutional establishment of religion. District officials claim now that the settlement of this case should not be viewed as an admission that the labels in fact do establish a religion, but rather reflect the desire to resolve the case without the need to expend significant additional sums of taxpayer money.
At this point, therefore, since no appellate court was able to address the substance of the claim, we still do not have a clear answer regarding whether stickers like these do constitute the establishment of religion. What we do know for sure, however, is what we have known all along – the ACLU has much deeper pockets than public school districts do.