The separation of church and state has been a source of conflict in America for many decades now. Since the 1950′s, the Christian Right has waged war against the wall between church and state that has protected religious freedom for generations of American citizens. In her bid to become the Presidential nominee of the Republican Party, Michele Bachmann doubled down on her views of religion.
During an appearance at an education forum at the University of Northern Iowa, Bachmann talked about how she wants public schools to start including creationism and intelligent design on the curriculum and claimed that not doing so is censorship. Bachmann made every effort to prove to evangelical conservatives that she is the candidate for them. After saying that she believed that God created the Earth, Bachmann went on to try and disprove evolution by claiming that there is a lack of fossil evidence to validate the theory. One student challenged Bachmann, telling her that her theory is just a theory and not a scientific one. He then asked how “creationism can be taught in a public school where this would actually increase the combining of church and state?”
“I think what you’re advocating for is censorship on the part of government,” Bachmann responded. “The government would prohibit intelligent design from even the possibility of being taught in questioning the issue of evolution. And if you look at scientists there is not a unanimity of agreement on the origins of life. Why would we forestall any particular theory? Because I don’t think that even evolutionists, by and large, would say that this is proven fact. They say that this is a theory, as well as intelligent design. So I think the best thing to do is to let all scientific facts on the table, and let students decide.”
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Bachmann’s statement is wrong on so many levels. First, schools do not teach creationism in science class because it isn’t a scientific theory. There is absolutely no proof that creationism is fact. Evolution on the other hand has a mountain of evidence to support itself as a genuine science, including fossil evidence. In fact, 97% of scientists acknowledge evolution as a scientific fact. Second, religion doesn’t belong in schools. If students want religion, they can attend church on Sunday or attend a private religious school. Third, not every student is religious, nor does every student practice the same religion. Some don’t believe at all. It’s inappropriate to teach religion to kids in school, especially a science class where facts and evidence are essential. Religion will only create conflict and confusion in school. It will not help kids learn. It should also be pointed out that the government isn’t censoring anything. Creationism isn’t a scientifically accepted theory and has zero evidence to support itself, thus the reason it isn’t taught in school. That and the fact that teaching it would amount to indoctrination. Public schools are for any student. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Atheists and many other students of different beliefs attend. Bachmann wants these schools to learn the Christian view of how the world came to be. If a Muslim science teacher decided to teach the origin of the world from an Islamic point of view Bachmann and the rest of her ilk would be accusing the teacher of indoctrinating our kids. Religion is not taught in school for a reason. It only creates conflict in a learning environment. The last thing America needs are religious wars in schools.