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creatism in schools? Essay

  • Submitted by: Blugrasschck14
  • on December 3, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 550 words

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Despite the scientific and legal support for teaching evolution and against teaching creation science, an uninformed public can still be swayed by what seem to be "scientific" and logical arguments. By making "evolution" synonymous with "anti-religious" or disbelief in a creator, creationists have successfully intimidated citizens and public figures into silence or reluctance to take a stand on this issue. The Supreme Court of the United States says that legislature, ”cannot require that teaching and learning must be tailored to the principles or prohibitions of any particular religious sect or doctrine.” (Epperson v. Arkansas, 1968) Pro-Creationists turn this around by arguing that equal time ought to be given to Evolution and Creationism in public science curriculum because by only teaching evolution, the government is giving precedent to a particular doctrine. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment does not permit any regulations that respect the establishment of and principles or prohibitions of a particular religious sect. Therefore, Pro-Creationists argue that to bring forth Evolutionism without giving equal time to Creationism would violate the values of voluntarism and pluralism that are central to the establishment clause.

In order to address the argument of giving equal time, I must bring up that Evolutionism is most certainly not the theory of a particular dogma. Rather it is a fallible conjecture that has overwhelming evidence. In addition, it is not possible to bring forth all creation theories given by all sects and give them all the equal time they deserve. One cannot solely bring forth the account of origin from the Christian book of Genesis for the reason that it conflicts with evolution theory.

Still others argue that if equal time cannot be given, then rid the science curriculum of Evolutionism all together. There would be no conflicts and the problem would be neutralized. The United States Supreme Court expresses “that a...

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