All Current Creationism Bills Originate From An Amendment Drafted And Proposed By Rick Santorum In 2001

Author: January 14, 2012 8:03 am

Since January 1st, three state legislatures in Missouri, Indiana, and New Hampshire have all introduced bills that would force schools to teach creationism as an accepted science even if students, parents, and teachers are not Christians. Such bills infringe upon religious freedom as protected by the United States Constitution. Since 2004, 12 states have tried to pass creationism bills. Only one, in Louisiana, has become law. You may be wondering, where did all of these bills come from?


It turns out, all creationism bills introduced since 2004 are inspired by an amendment drafted and proposed by then Senator and current Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum in 2001. Santorum offered the amendment to be included in the No Child Left Behind Act. The amendment, which failed, promoted the teaching of intelligent design and questioned the academic standing of evolution in US public schools. Santorum didn’t craft the language of the bill by himself, however. He had help from Phillip E. Johnson of the Center for Science and Culture which is run by a conservative think tank known as Discovery Institute. Johnson is the founding adviser of the Center and is considered the founder of the intelligent design movement. He is also known as a member of the group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV-AIDS Hypothesis, a prominent AIDS denialist group and has written that HIV does not cause AIDS, which explains why many religious extremists make such claims.

The amendment would have allowed schools and teachers to dispute evolution which the scientific community regards as the only credible, and thoroughly tested, scientific explanation for the development and diversification of all life on Earth. But people like Santorum, Johnson and other religious extremists want to replace the teaching of real science with creationism, a Biblical theory that is classified as pseudo-science by an overwhelming majority of scientists. There is no evidence supporting creationism, whereas plenty of evidence exists to support evolution.

We probably should have known all along that Rick Santorum had a hand in creating these creationism bills, which have been proposed in Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Florida, Indiana, New Hampshire, Maryland, Alabama, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Michigan, and actually passed in Louisiana. Collectively, these bills are called “Academic Freedom” bills which is a clever way to get support from those who fail to find out what is in such bills. The problem is that religion does not belong in school. It belongs solely in church. The religious extremists on the right-wing want to force religion down our throats, and down the throats of our children whether we like it or not. It is a fundamental violation of religious freedom that all Americans enjoy. I’m absolutely certain that the Christian Right would whine if creation from a Muslim point of view were to be presented as well.

It is clear that they only want the Christian view to be presented which would alienate students of other religions or those who practice no religion at all. Teaching creationism would be a major distraction at school that would create conflict in the classroom. Such conflicts makes learning a hassle. How are students supposed to focus on actual science when they are force-fed unsupported unscientific theories? In short, they can’t and because they can’t, science scores will drop, making our ranking in science among other nations in the world even lower. Religious theories are prohibited in schools for a reason and should remain that way.

So the next time you read a headline about a new creationism bill being introduced in a state, you’ll know exactly where the bill came from and who is responsible for trying to force religion upon our children.

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  • Stephen Ervin

    Can anyone tell me how Santorum explains his creationism view with his religion fully supporting evolution? Evolution has been recognized by the Catholic church for at least a decade.

  • Rick Santorum is an authoritarian who, given the opportunity, would like nothing better than force his shallow-minded views on the rest of us. People who behave like Rick Santorum have some defect which are subconsciously revealed by their behavior toward others. It is possible that this man has some latent sexual issues that are manifested in his stubborn attitudes and the seeming inability to approach issues in a mature and objective way. I guess when you’re trying to become filthy rich off the simple-mined you have to erect some facade, and Rick Santorum has erected the facade that he’s a human being rather than a jack-booted thug. He’d fit in well with Hitler’s Third Reich.

  • This is why closed minds needs to come sewn shut mouths and severed tongues, so the rest of us are not subjected to this rubbish.

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