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Creationist Wants Book Banned from Local School District

on April 10, 2010
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Fox News: “Knoxville Father Wants Biology Book BannedA creationist in Tennessee wants a book “banned” from use in his local school district. What’s the argument?

Kurt Zimmermann learned of the book Asking About Life after his son encountered it in biology class. After learning of the book’s explicitly anti-creation position, Zimmermann asked that the school district discontinue its use.

The book “misleads, belittles, and discourages students in believing in creationism.”

According to Fox News, Zimmermann claims the book “misleads, belittles, and discourages students in believing in creationism.” Page 319 of the book specifically refers to “the biblical myth that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian God in 7 days.” While the school board initially denied Zimmermann’s request, it is now allowing an appeal to hear more thoughts from a school review committee that examined the book. “Education material that is offensive, intolerant, racist, or one-sided in nature should not be used in our school system,” Zimmerman argued.

On one hand, we’ve consistently argued that Christians should understand what the theory of evolution is all about. But on the other, the grounds for removing God from schools (not religion, mind you; Christianity has only been replaced with secular humanism) were the “separation of church and state.” A school textbook declaring outright that Genesis is a myth doesn’t seem to satisfy that criterion. Imagine the outcry if a biology textbook referred to “the biblical myth that the Judeo-Christian God came to earth as a man and was resurrected after death”!

If anything, this news is yet another reminder that Christians can’t simply assume their children will “figure it out” on their own when it comes to questions about origins. With much of the public school system in outright opposition to the biblical worldview, Christian parents must be on their guard and train up their children in the way they should go. We also encourage all Christian parents to seriously consider Christian school education or home school as an alternative.


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