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From: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

There is no controversy in the scientific community over the theory of evolution. Thus, attempting to debunk it or singling it out for criticism in public-school classrooms can serve no valid secular teaching purpose. Instead, it is transparently an attempt to advance a religious agenda, as the federal courts have consistently recognized. Undermining evolution is not only detrimental to the science education, but is also unconstitutional. Please support science education and religious liberty.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
As a constituent, I urge you to oppose any attempts to inject religious doctrine masquerading as science into our public schools. Undermining evolution is not only detrimental to a student's science education, but is also unconstitutional. Please support science education and religious liberty.

There is no controversy in the scientific community over the theory of evolution.  Thus, attempting to debunk it or singling it out for criticism in public-school classrooms can serve no valid secular teaching purpose. Instead, it is transparently an attempt to advance a religious agenda, as the federal courts have consistently recognized. Every major scientific organization and the overwhelming majority of scientists agree that evolution is the best and only scientific explanation for the diversity of species.  To suggest otherwise does a grave disservice to both students and teachers, as well as to the future of American medicine and science.  

The courts are consistent in finding that governmental efforts to hinder the teaching of evolution or to promote the teaching of alternate “theories” violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These legal principles were recently reaffirmed in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Dist., in which the court struck down a public school board’s decision to introduce “intelligent design” into the science curriculum.  After reviewing the extensive evidence submitted during a six-week trial, the judge concluded that “ID is nothing less that the progeny of creationism.”

Again, I urge you to oppose legislation supporting intelligent design and other anti-evolution theories. Please support the religious freedom of our students by ensuring that real science is taught in our public school science classes and religion remains with our families and religious institutions. This is an important issue and one I will be following.