In Pennsylvania the legislature is considering a bill that would “protect the academic freedom” to question evolution, the latest strategy by the creationists to get religion into science classrooms. But as always, they just can’t keep the supporters of such legislation from spilling the beans:
Donn Chapman turns to Nazi Germany as he passionately declares that freedom in America has been “suppressed” because evolution is taught in public schools, and “anyone who even suggests discussion is exterminated … academically.”
The pastor of Cornerstone Ministries in Murraysville, Pa., last spring hosted a six-part series, Origins, in which he portrayed the teaching of evolution as a triumph of secularists and “neo-Darwinists” who want “to drive God from the marketplace and … keep us from being able to give God the glory for what he’s done.”
“We are the spiritual children of the founders of this nation,” Chapman said. “This has been stolen from us. We need to take it back and give it back to God.”
The debate over teaching evolution versus creationism is not about science, Chapman said, but about a clash of worldviews.
At stake is “them (secularists) getting our kids and saying, ‘You feed them, you take them to church on Sunday, but if they’re going to be intelligent, if they are going to get into a good school, they are going to learn to think like us. Heil, Hitler.’ That’s what it’s about.”
Chapman is a promoter of a bill introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature that supporters say will protect “academic freedom” in K-12 public school science classrooms.
Thank you so much, Pastor Chapman, for making clear that the purpose of the bill is to get God back into schools. We all knew that, of course, but it’s always nice when you make it so clear for everyone, including judges, to see the real intent behind the carefully chosen words.