An anti-evolution group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to block Kansas from using new, multistate science standards in its public schools, arguing the guidelines promote atheism and violate students’ and parents’ religious freedom.
The group, Citizens for Objective Public Education, had criticized the standards developed by Kansas, 25 other states and the National Research Council for treating both evolution and climate change as key scientific concepts to be taught from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Kansas State Board of Education adopted them in June to replace evolution-friendly standards that had been in place since 2007.
The new standards, like the ones they replaced, reflect the mainstream scientific view that evolution is well-established. Most board members believed the guidelines will improve science education by shifting the emphasis in science classes to doing hands-on projects and experiments.
The lawsuit argues that the new standards will cause Kansas public schools to promote a “non-theistic religious worldview” by allowing only “materialistic” or “atheistic” explanations to scientific questions, particularly about the origins of life and the universe. The suit further argues that state would be “indoctrinating” impressionable students in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution’s protections for religious freedom.
There are some times when it is perfectly acceptable to call people IDIOTS! This is one of those times.
COPE promotes religious liberties. They fail to understand the premise that religious equality does not belong in public schools. NO religion belongs in public schools. Atheism is a-theism, not a religion. Or, like they say, “Atheism is a religion like ‘bald’ is a hair color”. If they wish to include religious objectivity in everything in schools, they better be prepared to talk about the X number of religious beliefs in the world. Are they OK with Islam? Wicca? Hinduism? Buddhism? How about Santeria? Shall I go on? Endorsing no religion IS the neutral position.
It is NOT OK to equate your religious agenda with objective science. In fact, it’s obscene. These people harping they are objective are obscene and they have ignored standard, accepted definitions, societal norms, scientific knowledge and the tons of case law that has established that evolution is science. Religion is not. Evolution is not religion. And COPE folks are very misguided and bent on harming the citizens of the state.