Target: Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse
Goal: Throw out creationist bill
Recently, Dennis Kruse, a member of the Indiana State Senate, attempted to pass a bill that would require public schools to teach creationism in science classes. This bill was rightfully stopped, as it flew in the very face of the Constitution.
However, Senator Kruse is once again trying to undermine science education and the teaching of evolution. He is drafting a new bill that he intends on bringing before the Indiana legislature. He calls this bill “truth in education.” Kruse’s proposed bill does not explicitly advocate creationism or mention religion. Rather, it would seem to compel students to challenge their teachers’ claims, forcing them to prove the veracity of their statements.
Of course this is the very basis of the educational process—students must challenge their teachers if they are to gain comprehensive knowledge of a subject. It is not necessary to codify the student-teacher dynamic. This is a clear attempt on Kruse’s part to discredit evolution and promote intelligent design in schools.
Like the bill he originally proposed, this is illegal. The Constitution is firm on the separation of church and state; religion in publicly funded schools is strictly prohibited. Dennis Kruse and other creationists must cease pushing to have their religiously based, non-scientific ideals taught in public schools.
Ask Senator Kruse to throw out his creationist bill.
Dear Senator Kruse,
As an elected official it is your job to not only represent your state and constituents but to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this land. However, I feel that you have neglected the latter duty.
A bill that you recently proposed was rejected. That bill sought to teach creationism alongside evolution in schools. It is a good thing that the bill did not pass, Senator Kruse. It was illegal; it violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.
In response you have proposed a new bill that tells students to challenge their teachers’ claims. Senator Kruse, do you not realize that that is a cornerstone of the educational process? It already happens everyday in schools across the country and across the world. This really just appears to be another attempt to sneak creationism into public schools.
Sir, the fact that creationism cannot be proven is beside the point. The point is that in America, we do not teach religion in public schools. The separation of church and state is absolute; we cannot pick and choose when it applies. If parents want their children to learn about creationism they can take them to church, enroll them in religious institutions, or teach them themselves.
This is not an issue of religion—we all have the right to hold whatever religious beliefs we want. This is an issue of the Constitution. Please keep that in mind, Senator.
[Your Name Here]
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