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Eakin, David [1].

If Creationism is religion - can we bash it in the classroom?

Six significant Court decisions serve as the basis of this presentation. The teaching of Creationism in the classroom is an issue bearing on the separation of Church and State. The intent of these decisions was to prevent the use of public school classrooms as a forum to promote religion (Creationism). In practice, many classrooms are being used as a forum to bash Creationism. This raises critical questions of legality for school systems and puts individual teachers, departments and schools at risk. On the basis of such legal precedents the author suggests that Creation-bashing is as unlawful in the public school classroom as would be the defamation of Islamic or Judaic beliefs.

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1 - Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Biological Sciences, Moore 235, 525 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, Kentucky, 40475, USA

Church and State
Creation/Evolution controversy.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 6-1
Location: 400/Hilton
Date: Monday, August 15th, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM
Abstract ID:17

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