Which puts the lie to their claim that they’re preserving the separation of church and state.
Highlighting the growing national debate over the role of religion in public life, 11 Pennsylvania parents Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging a local school district’s order to teach “intelligent design” to public high school students.
The requirement, they said, violates the religious liberty of parents, students and faculty and the constitutional separation of church and state.
On Oct. 18, the Dover Area School District Board voted 6-3 to make biology students at Dover Area High School “aware of gaps/problems” in the theory of evolution and include in ninth grade curriculum the theory of “intelligent design,” which holds that the universe is so complex it must have been created by some higher power.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg on behalf of the parents, say intelligent design is a disguised, more secular form of creationism — a Bible-based view that God, not evolution, created all species.
Evolution is the only acceptable explanation for the origin of life because, in the view of the ACLU (and “Reverend” Barry Lynn of Americans United, ironically), there is no God.
Please realize that this is not at all the same as taking religion out of school. You see, theology attempts to answer three basic questions:
- How did we get here?
- What is our purpose?
- Where do we go when we die?
Public schools can dodge around questions 2 and 3 well enough without compromising a kid’s education.
But by insisting that any study of biology, which necessarily touches on how life came to be, include the “theory” of evolution exclusively, the ACLU proves separation of church and state is the last thing it wants.
The ACLU is working to create a state religion of secular humanism.