ISKCON Files Amicus Brief in Support of Evolution Stickers in Textbooks

July 20, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

On July 20, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Though debates over evolution, creationism, and Intelligent Design are usually framed as Christian vs. secularist struggles, most religions hold beliefs about the origins of the universe. Recently, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)--better known as the Hare Krishnas--joined the debate by filing an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief.

The case in question involves a Cobb County, Georgia, school board decision to put stickers on textbooks which read: 'This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. The material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.' The U.S. District Court had ruled that the stickers endorsed Christianity and were a violation of church-state separation, and the school board appealed. ISKCON's Atlanta community weighed in on that appeal: ISKCON of Atlanta feels no threat that the Sticker favors Christianity over Vedic or Hindu views. The Sticker in question says nothing about Christianity, the Bible, God, or any religion whatsoever... the Sticker’s sole focus is on evolution."