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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

They Don't Give Up

And the arguments get more and more ludicrous:

A federal court rejected the argument from a Christian group in Kansas which said that evolution was religious "indoctrination" and should not be taught in schools.

After the state of Kansas adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013, Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) argued that teaching science without a religious explanation for the creation of the universe would indoctrinate children into atheism.

COPE said that teaching evolution took children “into the religious sphere by leading them to ask ultimate religious questions like what is the cause and nature of life and the universe – ‘where do we come from?’”

“The purpose of the indoctrination is to establish the religious Worldview, not to deliver to an age appropriate audience an objective and religiously neutral origins science education that seeks to inform," the group insisted.

Actually, the argument that evolutionary theory is a religion is an old one. It's nonsense, of course, but they still keep trying.

But the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver last week upheld a lower court's ruling which said that COPE lacked standing to bring the suit because it could not show that it had been harmed.

“COPE does not offer any facts to support the conclusion that the Standards condemn any religion or send a message of endorsement,” the court decision stated. “And any fear of biased instruction is premised on COPE’s predictions of school districts’ responses to the Standards—an attempt by COPE to recast a future injury as a present one.”

In a statement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said that COPE feared that scientific facts would cause "Kansas schoolchildren will be subtly manipulated into rejecting their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

In point of fact, most Christian denominations accept the theory of evolution, starting with the Roman Catholic Church. There's no real conflict, unless, like most fundamentalists, you don't understand the role of metaphor in religious texts.

The real point is that these characters are still trying to get creationism taught in public schools, after years of losing every court case. And it's the tactic they'll use on every other "social issue" that they hold dear -- after all, they're still fighting against Roe v. Wade two generations after the fact, and they'll keep chipping away at Obergefell and keep trying to get exemptions to nondiscrimination laws for their peculiar "religious beliefs."

No, the fight's not over, and won't be until all these idiots are safely buried.

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