But this time they’re coming at it from a different angle by claiming science is a religion. That’s right, evolutionists. You’ve been an active member of the church of secular humanism this entire time and you didn’t even know it.
According to Right Wing Watch, the Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) claim that public schools “promote a non-theistic religious worldview by allowing only ‘materialistic’ or ‘atheistic’ explanations to scientific questions.” They argue that this amounts to an “indoctrinating” in the “religion” of atheism or “secular humanism.” Therefore, by teaching evolution, “the state would be ‘indoctrinating’ impressionable students in violation of the First Amendment.” Unfortunately, the First Amendment is also what gives these groups the right to formulate crazy arguments like the one above.
The “science is a religion” argument isn’t a new one. John Eldsmoe discussed it in his book God & Caesar, proposing that conservative Christian activists should try to convince people that evolution is just as religious as Creationism so they can be treated as equals. Except that the two aren’t equal since one gave us insight to our beginnings and the other gave us people like Michele Bachmann.
RT.com reported that the local attorney involved in the case, John Calvert, argued, “By the time you get into the third grade, you learn all the essential elements of Darwinian evolution. By the time you’re in middle school you’re a Darwinist.” From what I can tell, most middle schoolers tend to think of themselves as Pokémon trainers rather than Darwinists.
Why can’t science just finally lay this entire argument to rest by inventing the hoverboard?