May 23, 2016
For Immediate Release
Tri-State Freethinkers warn Youngstown City School District:
Intelligent Design has no place in classroom
Cincinnati, OH – Tri-State Freethinkers have written a letter to Interim Superintendent, Stephen Stohla, regarding a lesson plan discovered on their school district web server that directs students in the study of Intelligent Design and its contrast to Evolution. Both the Supreme Court and Federal Courts have repeatedly and consistently rejected the promotion of creationism and intelligent design in public schools, even when proposed as an “alternative theory” as it appears Youngstown City School District intends to do.
We owe it to our children to make sure they are educated in the most current, accepted, and peer reviewed scientific literature so that they can be prepared to make decisions and be productive members of society. To “teach the controversy” of Intelligent Design or Creationism in our public schools falsely elevates the credibility of these religious stories and encourages the suspension of reason and logic when weighing scientific information. To require students to learn about religious dogma in the classroom is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
For more information regarding legal issues of teaching Creationism or Intelligent Design in public schools, please visit Freedom From Religion Foundation’s FAQ.