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The Associated Press
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism and violate the religious freedoms of students and parents.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled that a nonprofit group, parents and taxpayers challenging the standards did not claim specific enough injuries from adoption of the guidelines to allow the case to go forward.
The State Board of Education last year adopted standards developed by Kansas, 25 other states and the National Research Council. The guidelines treat both evolution and climate change as key scientific concepts to be taught from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The guidelines replaced evolution-friendly standards that had been in place since 2007, and most board members believed they will improve science education by shifting the emphasis in classes to hands-on projects and experiments. The board sought the lawsuit’s dismissal.
The lawsuit was filed by Citizens for Objective Public Education, a group based in the small, Wichita-area town of Peck.
Read more here: www.kansascity.com...#/tabPane=tabs-dd69ea12-1#storylink=cpy
Kansas Group Tries To Remove Evolution From Schools By Claiming Science Is A Religion
A Kansas-based group that “promotes the religious rights of parents, children, and taxpayers” is challenging the state’s science standards because they include the teaching of evolution, which the group claims is a religion and therefore should be excluded from science class.
As the AP reports, Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) claims that public schools “promote a ‘non-theistic religious worldview’ by allowing only ‘materialistic’ or ‘atheistic’ explanations to scientific questions.” The group argues that by teaching evolution “the state would be ‘indoctrinating’ impressionable students in violation of the First Amendment.”
COPE’s challenge states that the teaching of evolution “amounts to an excessive government entanglement with religion” and violates the rights of Christian parents.
originally posted by: whyamIhere
The report from only from Democrats in the Senate.
They spent over 80 million and did not interview a single witness.
After 6 years they released it the moment Jonathon Gruber began his remarks.
You know the guy that called Americans too stupid to figure out they are lying.
This partisan report is the last grasp of the Democrats to try to change the subject.
Not defending any torture...But, this old news report is doing exactly what they hoped.
originally posted by: Unity_99
Well I'm sorry but there should only be science in schools.
originally posted by: CB328
I am so glad this was dismissed- and somewhat surprised knowing how right-wing Kansas is.
People for the American Way (where I first learned about this crazy lawsuit) discovered that COPE is actually following a strategy that was suggested three decades earlier by John Eidsmoe, one of Michele Bachmann's mentors. In his 1984 book, God and Caesar, Eidsmoe argued that attacks on evolution should center on the premise that evolution promotes the "religion" of secular humanism.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: Annee
I wonder if that three decades old strategy is part of the wedge strategy that was exposed at trial when they were trying to get ID/creationism into science classes.