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Op-Ed: Say no to creationism being taught in schools

By Q Fulton     Jun 6, 2015 in World
Wake up Americans, our education system is under attack, and not by the government but by creationists who believe they have the right to indoctrinate your children with their version of intelligent design.
Dear Americans,
Your right to religious freedom is under attack by conservative Christians.
Your right to want your children to learn facts in schools is under attack.
Your right to teach your children a religious body in privacy is under attack, because conservative Christians have decided your children should only learn biblical teachings.
Your children have no right to live a secular life because science is the devil.
Conservative Christians have been bold, unapologetic, and determined to eliminate Darwinism from being taught in science classes. Instead, they want your children to believe in creationism. The audacity of their claim is science is incorrect because you know the bible says so.
This should insult all Americans whether a believer or not. We must stand against such tyranny that only conservative Christians know the truth and have the right to dictate what knowledge our children can bear witness too.
Those who believe in the constitution and want to protect its tenet must rise against the “It’s my way or the highway." We must stand against intelligent design (a fancy word for creationism) taking control of our tax dollars in public schools.
Creationism is “a doctrine or theory holding that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by God out of nothing and usually in the way described in Genesis.” Now compare this to evolution which is “biology [of] change in the gene pool of a population from generation to generation by such processes as mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift.”
Evolution provides facts. Creationism is a belief system. Evolution allows one to question what is being presented. Creationism indoctrinates. You must accept that God created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh and that the world is six thousand years old. This belief certainly falls in contradiction to evolution that estimates the world is 4.5 billion years old.
For years, Americans have agreed with the federal standard of public education that evolution be taught in science, not creationism. Teaching creationism over evolution was deemed inappropriate and unconstitutional. However, private schools were given leeway to teach theology in science because they are funded by donations and tuition charged to parents. This was the acceptable and constitutional guide. And all was well in life.
Until conservative Christians started crying foul that their religious rights were under attack by secular society. Conservative Christians disenchanted with no God in schools, believe removing God out of schools had eroded values.
Please, disregard that conservative Christians overwhelming support the death penalty and war. I can’t for the life of me see how that particular philosophy conforms to “Thy shall not kill.” Yet, secularist (religious or a nonbeliever) must accept intelligent design and unabated.
Also, disregard conservative Christians are welcome to send their children to a private school.
Chris Kirk of Slate reports, “Thousands of schools in states across the country can use taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science.” Texas claims creationism is taught as an alternative to evolution, and in “Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, taxpayer money is funding creationist private schools through state tuition voucher or scholarship programs.”
The ACLU reported that a Louisiana sixth grader attending Sabine Parish School was told by his teacher that his Buddhist faith was stupid and that he must denounce and convert to Christianity or leave the school. The school denies the claim.
Another Buddhist child and student of Negreet had been berated by a teacher for not recognizing how amazing Jesus is. The insult digs deeper, as the teacher reportedly said, “the Bible is “100 percent true,” that the Earth was created by God 6,000 years ago, and that evolution is “impossible” and a "stupid theory made up by stupid people who don't want to believe in God." She's also told the class that Buddhism is "stupid."
I’m sorry when did public schools become a pulpit?
The violation of teachers that identify as Christians is revolting and indigent. For them to believe only the constitution applies to them and at their convenience is disgraceful. And to expect those that disagree to disregard that pesky federal law that provided guidelines to public education to teach evolution diminishes the values and respect for the law. It's also embarrassing to teachers reputations.
Yet these same disciples complain about Muslims being allowed to dismiss Darwinism and to leave class to pray, although Christians have those same rights too.
This is ludicrous and should not be allowed. People have immigrated to The United States to flee religious indoctrinating and persecution. The United States once was revered as the country that allowed religious freedom through the tenants of secularism.
Once, we were a nation that made decisions on facts. Public school was the institution where your mind was enlightened not by religious indoctrination but freedom to wonder, question and prove. Now Europeans and Canadians laugh at us.
Conservative Christians are at war against our founders. The first amendment is clear, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Creationism is a violation of the first amendment.
Never mind that creationism is theology and not a science. Never mind that creationism is not factual but biblical. Never mind that Christianity in the country is on the decline from 80 percent to 70 percent. Also, never mind that the identity of nonbelievers and atheists are growing
Conservative Christian's are welcome to teach their children creationism, but to force other people’s children to comply is child abuse.
Will the real Americans please stand up and protect our public education?
Signed,
Christian for evolution in public schools
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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