Christian Groups Sue to Stop Kansas Schools from Using Science Standards

| by Michael Allen
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Two Christian legal groups, Citizens for Objective Public Education and the Pacific Justice Institute, are suing to stop the Kansas State Board of Education from implementing the "Next Generation Science Standards" in the state's public schools.

The science classes do not teach the Christian view of creationism as described in the Bible, but rather scientific findings.

The two Christian groups are claiming that this non-religious approach is actually a religious bias for atheism, which the Christian groups are renaming a "non-theistic religion."

The Pacific Justice Institute stated in a press release, in part:

To promote religious beliefs that are inconsistent with the theistic religious beliefs of plaintiffs, thereby depriving them of the right to be free from government that favors one religious view over another.

Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute noted, "it's an egregious violation of the rights of Americans to subject students—as young as five—to an authoritative figure such as a teacher who essentially tells them that their faith is wrong." He continued, "it's one thing to explore alternatives at an appropriate age, but to teach theory that is devoid of any alternative which aligns with the belief of people of faith is just wrong.

However, the Kansas schools are not "teaching religious beliefs," but rather science classes, which do not choose or promote any religion.

The same tactic is being used by the Citizens for Objective Public Education, which said in its press release that the science classes were actually atheism, which is really a "concealed Orthodoxy":

John H. Calvert, counsel for the plaintiffs, stated that “this case is actually about a concealed Orthodoxy that requires all explanations provided by science to be materialistic/atheistic. It is particularly problematic in the area of origins science which address es ultimate religious questions, like: Where do we come from? Public education about origins science needs to adequately and objectively inform age appropriate audiences about the use of the Orthodoxy and the re levant information and data it suppresses.”

Origins science is a historical science that studies the origin and nature of the universe , life, and the diversity of life . The Orthodoxy is not religiously neutral as it permits only materialistic/atheistic a nswers to ultimate religious questions. The concealed use of the Orthodoxy in the F&S has the effect of promoting the core tenets of non - theistic religions like Atheism and Religious (secular) Humanism.