Target: Idaho Republican Party Chair Steve Yates
Goal: Don’t let public schools teach the Bible and Creationism to students.
The Christian Bible may soon be used to teach the sciences in Idaho’s public schools if a law being considered by the state’s Republican Party makes it onto the books. Not only does the Bible serve no use as a science textbook, introducing it into schools would be blatantly unconstitutional. Demand that this proposal never make it into law.
The Idaho Republican Party leadership recently announced its legislative goals for the coming year. Among these goals is the introduction of the Bible, and ultimately Creationism, into the state’s public schools. According to the GOP’s announcement, it wants to ensure that the Bible “is expressly permitted to be used in Idaho public schools for reference purposes” in law, astronomy, biology, and geology, amongst other subjects.
While the Bible is perfectly reasonable as an educational text in some classes—comparative religion, world history, literature, etc.—there is absolutely no justification for its use in sciences. Allowing it to be used in the teaching of the history of the earth, its life, and the cosmos amounts to nothing more than the teaching of Creationism.
The federal government forbids the teaching of Creationism in public schools, but with Republicans controlling every facet of Idaho’s state government, a law letting it happen could easily be passed. Sign the petition below to demand that the Idaho GOP ditch its plan to allow the Bible to be taught in its state’s public schools’ science classes.
Dear Chair Yates,
I am writing you today regarding the legislative goals your Idaho Republican Party recently announced. Your aim to inject the Bible into Idaho’s public schools is worrying.
While I applaud you for wanting to ensure that the Bible can be taught in comparative religion, world history, and literature classes without teachers having to fear legal liability, the additional classes you want to make sure the Bible can be used as a textbook in—biology, astronomy, geology, law, world geography, etc.—are completely off-base.
There is no conceivable reasonable justification for your wanting to include the Bible in these courses. It is clear that you and your colleagues only want to make the teaching of the Bible’s view on the earth, the universe, and life—in other words, Creationism—legal in your state.
There are federal laws against the teaching of Creationism in public schools, and any scholarship that treats the Bible’s teachings as scientific fact instead of using the book itself as an artifact to be examined in historical context is profoundly misguided. I demand that you and the Idaho Republican Party abandon your plan to let the Bible be taught in your state’s public school science classes.
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