“I feel like we need to be teaching both ends of the spectrum when we’re teaching things in school as well….What I mean by that is if we’re teaching the Big Bang Theory then we need to teach creationism as well.” — Barbara Evanson
On October 31, the Colorado Times Recorder highlighted a locally-made video interview with District 51 School Board candidate Barbara Evanson in which Evanson says that if schools teach what is scientifically known about the origins of the universe, then they should also have to teach creationism alongside that information so kids can decide on their own what’s true.
Creationism is the religious belief that God created the universe. It is a wholly religious construct with no scientific proof behind it,
The idea of mandating creationism be taught in public schools alongside scientific information has been declared by U.S. courts to be illegal.
The 2005 U.S. District Court case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District was decided in favor of the plaintiffs, who charged that a mandate that creationism be taught in Pennsylvania public schools was an unconstitutional establishment of religion. The ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover firmly established that creationism was a religious teaching and not an area of legitimate scientific research.
Before that, a 1987 United States Supreme Court ruling in Edwards v. Aguillard, said that mandating the teaching of creationism alongside other scientific findings, in this case evolution, violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.