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Houston Science Enthusiasts Message Board › Please sign this petition to help defend science (and pass it on)

Please sign this petition to help defend science (and pass it on)

Nancy B.
NancyBegum
Sugar Land, TX
Post #: 40


Halt the creationist voucher system in Louisiana



Louisiana now has a school voucher program. Children will be taught creationism at the taxpayers expense.
Please let Governor Bobby Jindal know that this is not acceptable.

Background:

Governor Jindal has created a voucher program which funds the unconstitutional teaching of creationism. Private religious schools are being awarded millions of taxpayer dollars to teach creationism.

Here is some information on some of the schools.

A few examples include:

The handbook of the Claiborne Christian School, in West Monroe, LA, approved for 28 voucher slots and up to $238,000 in taxpayer dollars, says that students are taught to “discern and refute lies commonly found in [secular] textbooks, college classrooms, and in the media.” In the January 2010 school newsletter, the principal promotes young-earth creationist talking points from the creationist book “Answers in Genesis,” saying, “Our position at CCS on the age of the Earth and other issues is that any theory that goes against God’s Word is in error.” She also claims that scientists are “sinful men” trying to explain the world “without God” so they don’t have to be “morally accountable to Him.”

The student handbook of Faith Academy, in Gonzalez, LA, approved for 38 voucher slots and up to $323,000 in taxpayer dollars, says that as a Household of Faith school, students must “defend creationism through evidence presented by the Bible verses [sic] traditional scientific theory.”

Northeast Baptist School, in West Monroe, approved for 40 voucher slots and $340,000 in taxpayer dollars, uses ABeka and Bob Jones University science textbooks. Researcher and writer Rachel Tabachnick, who examined these textbooks, reports that it is “clear that no instruction is included in the text that would conflict with young earth creationism.” Using such books endangers the educational prospects of students in Christian schools. In 2010, the University of California won a federal lawsuit, ASCI [Association of Christian Schools International] v. Stearns, in which the judge ruled in favor of UC’s right to refuse to recognize high school credits for science classes taken in Christian schools that used such books. UC contended that such instruction is “inconsistent with the viewpoints and knowledge generally accepted in the scientific community."
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