quarta-feira, 25 de março de 2009

Alerta criacionista no Texas

Filipe, isto é contigo:
  • «The Texas Board of Education should remove language from proposed science standards that opens the door to teaching religious concepts in public schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    “Texas can either have world-class science standards or allow fundamentalists to sneak religion into classrooms through the back door,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It can’t do both.” (...)

  • “Americans United recommends that the Board proceed with caution in adopting the standards approved at the January Board meeting because courts have determined that undermining evolution like the January amendments do is unconstitutional,” wrote Sher. “Americans United remains vigilant of students’ and parents’ rights to have sound science, rather than religious belief, taught in public-school science classrooms and will not hesitate to challenge any introduction of religion into Texas’s public schools.”

    The federal courts have repeatedly struck down Religious Right attempts to push religion in public school science classes. In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard invalidated a Louisiana statute requiring science educators to “balance” teaching evolution concepts with “creation science” concepts.

    In 2004, Americans United and the ACLU challenged the promotion of “intelligent design” creationism in Dover, Pa., public schools. A year later a federal district court ruled in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District that such governmental advocacy of religion is unconstitutional.» (Americans United)