Kansas Christians Sue To Stop Science In Schools

Creationism: Evolution from ape to man carrying cross.

Religious nuts in Kansas are attempting to keep their kids dumb by keeping science out of public schools. Image from bigscaryideas.com.

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.

Nobody teaches that anyone’s faith is wrong, Mr. Dachus. They simply teach scientific fact, something you obviously know nothing about. Further, if you want your beliefs given credence in science classrooms, that means Islam, Paganism, and all the rest have to be given equal credence. If you wish to use the Constitution in this battle, remember that it applies to everyone’s faiths, not just yours.

COPE, Inc says that “teaching the materialistic/atheistic ideas to primary school children whose minds are susceptible to blindly accepting them as true”is not only unconstitutional, but dangerous, and that it must cease.

All in all, the whole thing is just idiotic, but, on the other side, it is also dangerous. These people want the children who will grow up to be Kansas’s doctors, lawyers, politicians, and other important community figures to graduate from school completely ignorant of basic science, all because they are so desperate to promote their version of things as truth, nevermind the fact that there is not a shred of evidence for it. Hopefully, the Kansas State Board of Education will recognize Pacific Justice Institute and COPE, Inc for what they are: a couple of far- right, religiously motivated propaganda group who want their religion and only their religion in schools, and the removal of all science. Here’s to hoping that whatever judge gets this mess on his or her desk brushes it aside like the nonsense that it is.

Read more here on The Raw Story.