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Federal court sides with UC in evolution dispute

Posted in Evolution with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by airtightnoodle

As mentioned previously on my blog, UC Berkeley was threatened with a lawsuit over its wonderful educational evolution website. 

Recently, on October 3, it was reported that a federal court sided with UC over the dispute, stating that the couple trying to sue the school lacked legal standing to file a lawsuit. 

You can read more about it here.

TEA files motion to dismiss Chris Comer lawsuit

Posted in Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Thanks to Stacy over at Colloquy for linking to this tidbit from The Texas Observer.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has, of course, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Chris Comer, former science director, who was forced out of her job after sending an email regarding a talk being given by Barbara Forrest.

Forrest Wilder raises a good point in saying:

Still, the teaching of evolution is the official policy of the state. If TEA staffers generally, and the science curriculum director in particular, are tasked with administering the state’s policy on science, how can they reasonably be expected to remain “neutral” on evolution? What does that even mean?

UC Berkeley–the offending site

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , on May 17, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Apparently the offending site on UC Berkeley’s evolution site is this one: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/misconceps/IVAandreligion.shtml.

Anyone seeing anything offensive here? Anyone seeing an endorsement of one religion over another? I’m not.

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UC Berkeley faces lawsuit over evolution website

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2008 by airtightnoodle

The Christian Post published the following article today saying that UC Berkeley is being sued over it’s evolution website, a great website used for educational purposes. You can see the Berkeley site here.

Now, I’ll admit I have not read through their evolution site entirely. It is VERY large and comprehensive. However, I am simply not seeing the controversy stated in the article: that thte site endorses religious views that support evolution while deriding those that do not, thus constituting an illegal and public endorsement of religion by the university.

There are some links to NCSE’s site, which has a collection of religious statements about evolution. Other than that, I haven’t found anything else religious, but I know I may be overlooking it. Is anyone else seeing anywhere on this site where religion is ridiculed, derided, etc? I’m certainly not. Please point it out if I’m missing it.

I’ve found this site very helpful in class in the past, and I’d hate to see it go away.

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