Teacher Accused of Using Creationism Video to Teach Biology Class (Video)
Biology teacher Ryan Culp is accused of using a creationism video to teach his class at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind.
According to The Elkhart Truth, the video (below) was produced by Kent Hovind, who is a young-Earth creationist. Young-Earth creationists believe the planet is 6000 years old.
Hovind was sentenced to jail for ten years in 2007 because he refused to pay taxes on his Creation Science Evangelism company.
Hovind also violated zoning regulations in Florida to build a Dinosaur Adventure Land creationism theme park, which closed in 2009.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to Concord Community Schools Superintendent Wayne Stubbs saying that Culp showed his students the creationism video "Lies in the Textbooks.”
"Not only can evolution absolutely be taught as reality in a science class, the law could not be more clear that creationism cannot be taught, no matter the amount of time that is dedicated to it," the FFRF stated in its letter. "If Mr. Culp did use Kent Hovind’s video series to introduce creationism to his biology students, that act amounts to a serious constitutional violation."
The Friendly Atheist blog reports that Culp admitted to an unidentified parent that he was a young-Earth creationist and taught creationism in class. "The law does allow for you to bring in [creationism], but it can’t be over like half of what the information is and obviously you can’t teach really either [evolution or creationism] as truth," the blog reads.