According to the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This amendment clearly meant something entirely different to the Constitutional framers than the ACLU pretends it did.
Jefferson edited the New Testament while a sitting president and, attempted to have his version become the official U.S. government-endorsed version, ensuring it would be read in every public schoolhouse of his day. Madison stated he believed the 1st Amendment would aid in the spread of Christianity and, Franklin openly complained the framers were not seeking God’s guidance enough while drafting the Constitution.
Many so-called “experts” interpret “religion” to mean belief in God, while it is far more likely it meant institutional religion to the framers. Regardless, protection of free expression has nothing to do with what is actually true about God, science or anything else. Whether modern evolutionary theory is true or just a poorly constructed fairytale, is not relevant to 1st Amendment protections.
According to various polls, over 80% of adults and 50% of American educators believe in a Designer. Though several major living scientists believe the evidence indicates design, the ACLU refuses to protect their highly credentialed scientific viewpoint. Instead, they demand American educators deliberately lie to our children by omission, leaving out the known fact that major historical and living scientists and every Declaration signer believe(d) the scientific evidence indicates design.
The “God question” is central to the scientific thought and inquiry of virtually every major historical scientist, including Darwin himself. Still, so-called “progressives” pretend God is not a question for science. To allow only one myopic viewpoint is to teach children questioning what is true is not relevant to education. These are the same ‘progressives’ who are angry over the one-sidedness of talk radio.
Modern evolutionary theory does in fact, address the “God question”. Any theory assuming that everything in the universe is a result of “natural” unguided processes is stating there is no God, not to mention, scientifically completely wacko. Nobody from our perspective could possibly know the overall process is unguided. Atheism has no more protection under the 1st Amendment than Catholicism. Is freedom of speech or science really being served when only a non-evidenced based superstitious assumption is allowed to be taught?
According to biographer Walter Isaacson, Albert Einstein said: “I have a deep feeling of faith, a deep religiosity that comes from my appreciation of the way the Lord made the universe.” Every signer of the Declaration of Independence agreed the evidence of a Creator is beyond all rational dispute.
Should we forbid Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, DaVinci, Newton, Copernicus, Galileo, Faraday, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Einstein and leading DNA expert Francis Collins to teach a public science class?Or, should we petition our Creator to toss the ACLU into a bottomless black hole and throw away the key, allowing our children a proper education without any further undue hindrance from the feeble-minded? You decide.
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