Can creationists speak in public schools?

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According to "Americans United for Separation of Church and State," if someone is a creationist, they cannot speak in a public school, even if they don’t mention creation, the Bible, God, etc.

AiG’s Mike Riddle spoke in a public school in Missouri today—this has received much media attention as the group "Americans United for Separation of Church and State" demanded the school cancel the speaking invitation. A newspaper article in Missouri’s Daily Journal reported:

Americans United for Separation of Church and State contends the school district violated Constitutional requirements of separation of church and state when it brought Mike Riddle to speak to high school and middle school students Monday. Riddle works for AIG, a fundamentalist Christian group that disputes the theory of evolution and supports a strict Biblical interpretation of creation. A spokesman for the group said concerned residents of the district contacted them about Riddle's planned appearance.

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Citing Missouri's Sunshine law, Katskee asked for all documents "referring or relating to any presentations to district students conducted by Mike Riddle or Answers in Genesis, as well as all documents identifying outside speakers at district schools, and all documents relating to the district's policies for selecting, inviting, or approving outside speakers."

Davis contends the district did not violate the law because Riddle discussed science, not religion. Riddle's school presentations are different from those given at churches, he explained.

"We probably have scrutinized this speaker greater than any other speaker we've had," Davis said Monday after Riddle's first presentation in the high school library. "If there were any thoughts that the Establishment clause would be violated or that we would violate the Constitution, we would not have had this speaker."

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Even so, inviting a member of a creationist group to speak to students in a public school is against the law, Katskee said.

I wonder how long it will be before this secular humanist group claims that if someone is a creationist, they cannot be employed as a teacher in a public school! The newspaper report indicates that the school investigated Mike Riddle more than any other speaker they have ever had! Creationists sure evoke an emotional reaction from those who insist that the religion of naturalism should be the only religion taught in public schools—as that is what groups like "Americans United for Separation of Church and State" are really doing!

You can read the rest of the article at: School district refuses request to cancel speaker.

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