The National Survey of High School Biology Teachers gives us a chilling glimpse into what has become of our schools. Only 28 percent of biology teachers are presenting students with a full and accurate description of evolution. Only 28 percent are telling students the most basic and fundamental fact of biology — that evolution is the unifying foundation of all the life sciences. Even more disturbing, a staggering 13% teach creationism in defiance of numerous federal court decisions.
This is nothing short of a national, state, and local scandal. In 2005, a judge ordered the removal of stickers warning students not to take evolution as established fact from textbooks in Cobb County. Also in 2005, a judge in Dover, Pennsylvania ruled that “the religious nature of ID [intelligent design] would be readily apparent to an objective observer, adult or child,” and that it is “nothing less than the progeny of creationism… and not a scientific theory.”
Despite the clear and consistent judicial message that creationism is religion, not science, efforts continue. Today, there is a group in Atlanta whose express purpose is to reintroduce intelligent design into schools through subversive methods. Among the “distribution ideas” presented to members of the “Atlanta Creation Group”: “Purchase bulk [creation media] and give to a creationist student to hand out in public school.”
This is not a matter to take lightly. In very clear terms, this group’s purpose is to disobey the law. They are intent on defying the clear mandate that has been upheld since 1967. They are displaying their sense of morality for all to see. Separation of church and state is disgusting to them. The Constitution is abhorrent to them. The only thing that is important is the propagation of their religious mythology. They will subvert, cheat, and obfuscate to attain their goals, with or without the law on their side. They are liars for their god.
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