ERIC Number: ED213585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Legal and Judicial Problems in Mandating Equal Time for Creationism.
This paper, presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers, is focused on legal and judicial problems in mandating equal time for creationism. Past events provide evidence that legislation, policies, and local resolutions that require science textbooks and curricula to include the Genesis account of creation are unconstitutional. Now, scientific creationism, rather than biblical creationism, is being promoted to neutralize the study of evolutionary theory. However, even the proponents of creationism admit that creation science is not scientific when they say it lies beyond the limits of empirical science, it does not provide a testable scientific theory, and it cannot be disproved. To counter the argument that creationism is religious, the creationists claim that evolutionary theory is religious theory and is an important tenet of secular humanism which they term the religion of the modern age. While the courts have affirmed the right of schools to include evolution in the curriculum without such instruction constituting coercion against religious exercise, questions of academic freedom if creationism is or is not taught have not been resolved. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (Las Vegas, NV, October 24, 1981). Contains occasional light type.