Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kansas Christians sue to stop science in schools



Generally, I don’t care what people choose to believe. After all, nobody can really know the truth about what is out there. However,  fervent religious beliefs often make people do some truly reprehensible things. Such is the case with a most curious pair of lawsuits that are being filed by various Christian groups in Kansas.
The groups have filed two lawsuits against the state Board of Education in Kansas, which recently decided to implement a set of science standards in all public schools across the state. The groups are angry because they feel that their beliefs should be given some consideration in science classes. One group, the Pacific Justice Institute, says that the teaching of science in all schools would “create a hostile learning environment for those of faith.”
This group also alleges something that has never been true of any science curriculum, which is that it will “promote religious beliefs that are inconsistent with the theistic religious beliefs of plaintiffs, thereby depriving them of the right to be free from government that favors one religious view over another.”
So, in other words, they want creationism and whatever other nonsense that is in the bible to be taught on equal footing with tested, peer- reviewed science. Right. These folks must really want their kids to be graduate from high school knowing nothing.
The second group, Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE, Inc.), filed its lawsuit on Sept. 26th, accused that the state’s new standards “will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview” in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Perhaps the most laughable part of all of this is what Pacific Justice Institute’s Brad Dachus said. He actually believes that it is a violation of a child’s rights to teach that creationism isn’t true. Yes, you read that right. No, Mr. Dachus, the real violation here is brainwashing them with unproven myths and scaring them with stories about devils and pits of hell that will swallow them up if they don’t buy into this crap. Dachus said:
(I)t’s an egregious violation of the rights of Americans to subject students — as young as five — to an authoritative figure such as a teacher who essentially tells them that their faith is wrong.
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