Target: U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
Goal: Don’t let educators teach religion in the science classroom.
Alabama educators may soon be legally permitted to teach creationism as an alternative to evolution in public schools if new legislation is passed. This is entirely unconstitutional, since it is a government endorsement of religion in public schools. In addition, “creation science” fundamentally conflicts with everything that we currently know about the biological world. On the other hand, biology makes perfect sense when viewed in light of evolution.
Biological evolution is a fact. Is has been corroborated by tremendous amounts of research in a wide variety of fields, including chemistry, geology, genetics, taxonomy, and paleontology. In addition, it has provided us with revolutionary new insights that help us to understand human nature and our place in the universe.
Many religious leaders have been able to accommodate evolution into their worldview, and it’s time that others do the same. There is no reason why high school students should be taught falsehoods; it will only set them up for failure when they enter college-level biology courses. It’s better for students to be shown the natural world in the way that it is understood by the vast majority of scientists.
This legislation needs to be stopped, as it will put students at a significant disadvantage compared to others who have learned proper science. Please sign the petition below to urge the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to speak out against this bill, which would seriously lower the standard of science education in Alabama.
Dear Mr. Duncan,
In Alabama, a bill that would allow for the unconstitutional teaching of creationism has been proposed. If it became law, it would permit public school teachers to lower the standards of science education by presenting creationism as a legitimate scientific principle. This would have severe ramifications for students who go off to college and discover that they’ve been misled by their teacher, and that evolution is the only serious idea as to how life of Earth reached the level of complexity that we observe today. Consequently, professors will have to teach large chunks of material that the students should have learned in high school.
I ask that you please use your influence as the U.S. Secretary of Education to speak out against this bill. Not only does it violate the establishment clause of the United States Constitution, but it also does a great disservice to students—Students should be taught real and verifiable science.
[Your Name Here]
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