Can creation be taught in public schools?
Not only can creation science be legally taught in the public schools, it can be taught right out of the Bible. The Bible can be used as a class textbook. We all know the effects of what happened in 1963 when the Bible was taken out, and evolution was put in to the schools. We have been deceived by that ACLU again! In 1963, the Supreme Court banned the use of the Bible to try to get kids saved, which is not good obviously, but it’s a lot better than what the ACLU has led us to believe. They did not throw the Bible out! We have thrown the Bible out because we have allowed ourselves to be deceived by the ACLU.
Rulings in Favor of Creation
In the landmark ruling of School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203, 225, (1963) the court held that, “it certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities. Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may be affected consistently with the First Amendment.”
In the ruling of Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39, 42 (1980), The Supreme Court stated that, “the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.”
In Florey v. Sioux Falls School District, 619 F.2d 1311, 1314 (8th Cir, 1980), the court found that permitting public school observances which include religious elements promotes the secular purpose of “advancing the student’s knowledge and appreciation of the role that our religious heritage has played in the social, cultural, and historical development of civilization.”
There are at least two other cases where the Supreme Court has ruled that the Bible may be used in its entirety for secular educational purposes such as history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, culture, and the morals on which this country was founded!
It is Legal to Teach Creation!
The Supreme Court never kicked the Bible out of schools in 1963. The problem is that Christians believed the lie that they did! The teachers are not allowed to try to convert students while on school time and property, but they can present creation. Now, it’s understandable that not being able to use the Bible to get people saved is discouraging. But, being able to use it to teach creation science or the morals that this country was founded on can and will reverse the current indoctrination!
Two states passed laws mandating that the schools teach creation. These laws were ruled unconstitutional. The teachers have always had the right to teach it. “The Supreme Court decision says only that the Louisiana law violates the constitutional separation of church and state: it does not say that no one can teach scientific creationism and, unfortu- nately, many individual teachers do. Some school districts even require ‘equal time’ for creation and evolution.”1 However, in some cases, lower courts have misused this ruling to keep creation teaching out of science classes.
By law creation can be taught as an alternative origins theory, and the Bible can be used in schools. However, it would be wise for public school teachers to check with ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice, www.aclj.org, Jay Sekulow (757) 226-2489), or the National Legal Foundation (757) 463-6133, or the American Family Association Law Center (662) 844- 5036, or the Rutherford Institute (434) 978-3888 to get details and updates on this issue. The ACLU is busy threatening to bring law suits on school boards and districts. Funds are limited and officials are intimidated. The organizations in the reference section of this book under public schools would have good information and resources to help you formulate a wise plan of action. “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
- Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education, Berkeley, California, Nature 329, 1987 p. 282 ↩
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