In one of the dumbest things I’ve possibly ever read, there’s apparently a conservative group in Kansas that’s suing to remove science from the classroom on the grounds that it violates separation of church and state.
What kind of asinine reasoning is behind this push? Well, it’s quite simple—and completely idiotic. This group claims that evolution is a religion and teaching it violates the separation of church and state. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. A religious group is claiming that evolution is a religion and therefore it shouldn’t be taught in schools. According to the AP:
Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) claims that public schools “promote a ‘non-theistic religious worldview’ by allowing only ‘materialistic’ or ‘atheistic’ explanations to scientific questions.” The group argues that by teaching evolution “the state would be ‘indoctrinating’ impressionable students in violation of the First Amendment.”
And apparently they’re dead serious.
When I first read about this, I thought for sure it was some kind of article from The Onion or some other satire-based website. But sadly, it’s a real story.
Now I’m a Christian, but to know that there are people who view science equally as proven as their religion is absolutely terrifying. And these people are raising children—a truly sobering thought. To think that there are parents so delusional that they would view evolution, something believed by probably 99.99% of the world’s scientists, similar to faith (faith being something that doesn’t rely on evidence) is astounding.
Basically this group is arguing that any kind of action taken that isn’t based on religious principles is a direct rejection of religion. But apparently this isn’t the first time this kind of lawsuit has been attempted, and luckily history shows it’s been laughed out of court just as it should be.
Because while I’m a Christian who isn’t ashamed of his faith, I’m not dense enough to dismiss proven science. Faith as a term is actually the opposite of evidence. Faith is believing in something even though there’s little to no evidence to support its system of beliefs. Science has rules behind it that scientists must follow for their theories or findings to be taken with any sense of validity behind them.
I can’t help but feel sorry for the children being raised by parents such as these. To raise your child (or children) to reject proven science in favor of faith is the ultimate embrace of ignorance, and it’s setting them up for a life built on misinformation and delusion. What a damn shame.