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Petitioning United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and 7 others

Documents have recently been leaked proving that many teachers have been promoting Creationsim in public schools. This is in variance to the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment. Please address this before it gets to the court to avoid embarrassment.

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Recently in Louisiana, documents have been leaked proving that many teachers have been promoting Creationism and discouraging the learning of Evolution in public schools. One such teacher, Ms. Shawna Creamer, had students read out of the book of Genesis and later present material “debunking various aspects of evolution.” It is definitely beneficial for students to be taught about Creationism, as it is historically a commonly held belief. However, it is only a belief and has no factual backing. Creationism should not be taught to be a fact. To teach that evolution can be “debunked” due to it being in variance to the Bible is not based on logic and evidence. Evolution is sound science and cannot be logically denied. A fact is a fact regardless of its incompatibility with one’s religion or personal beliefs. Moreover, in contrast to the commonly held viewpoint, Creationism and evolution are not compatible.


The Bible has a different order of “creation” than does evolution. Even if Bible readers do not accept a literal six-day creation, the order of creation as explained in the Bible does not agree with what we know today from evolution. Many aspects of Creationism have already been debunked and are incompatible with science. To teach our youth that Creationism is truth instead of faith, and passing it as science is only inhibiting students’ progress as future contributors to society as they are being taught to believe something with absolutely no supporting evidence. Today’s youth should be taught real science. The overwhelming majority of scientists are evolutionists, and very few cite to believe in Creationism. Students should be taught science as found by the scientists.

As many public school teachers in Louisiana teach Creationism to be a fact, they are acting in variance to the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment. To pass the three conditions of the Establishment Clause in the eyes of the court, what is taught in schools must:
1. Have a secular purpose
2. Not have the purpose of advancing or inhibiting the exercise of religion
3. Not foster excessive entanglement between church and state


·      By teaching that Creationism is truth, teachers obviously do not have a secular purpose.
·      Teachers obviously are trying to advance religion through this process.
·      It is unclear whether the court views this situation as fostering excessive entanglement between church and state.


If any of the three conditions are not passed, the method is considered to be unconstitutional. Thus, since this teaching method does not pass the first two conditions of the Establishment Clause, it is considered unconstitutional.


Lawmakers are not pursuing this issue, as they are either afraid their political popularity will be at stake or they too agree with what many teachers are unconstitutionally promoting in public schools. As a result, many teachers continue to promote Creationism, which has been debunked for years. Currently, the U.S. education system is falling behind that of other nations. With the great nation that we have, an exceptional education system should be of utmost importance. However, what is happening in Louisiana is only contributing to the decay of the U.S. educational system.


The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 52nd in the quality of mathematics and science education, and 5th (and declining) in overall global competitiveness
Proof available at http://www.lpfi.org/how-does-us-compare-other-countries-stem-education

Regarding our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the Declaration of Independence states, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” Again, lawmakers in Louisiana are not speaking up about this issue as they either fear their political popularity will be at stake or agree with what many teachers are unconstitutionally promoting in the classroom.


It is the responsibility of our nation’s citizens to make a difference and fix this. Please sign this petition to make your difference and tell the Louisiana Board of Education, teachers, and lawmakers that you will not stand for what is being unconstitutionally promoted in our public schools. Every signature greatly counts. If you are passionate about the education of our youth, please pass this petition along. Thank you.

This petition was delivered to:
  • United States Secretary of Education
    Arne Duncan
  • Governor
    Bobby Jindal
  • President of the Louisiana BESE
    Mr. Chas Roemer


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