NGSS lawsuit in Kansas refuses to die

Original photo by Daniel Hollister, via Flickr. Photoshopping by Yours Truly.

Filed under I.D.W.T.L.O.T.P.A., the legal battle over the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in Kansas is continuing, even though the suit was kinda dismissed by a federal judge six months ago.

Demonstrating that they have just as much respect (that is, no respect) for the opinions of legal experts as they do the views of the scientific community, the Orwellianly named Citizens for Objective Public Education (“COPE”) appealed the judge’s ruling in March, saying that they really, actually, truly were harmed by the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to teach basic biology to public school students.

You can read their entire brief here, but essentially, they’re arguing that science based on physical and verifiable evidence is a religion, so it shouldn’t be allowed in public schools any more than are their views, which are metaphysical, unverifiable and based on a dangerously shaky understanding of a religion we happen to share.

To quote them, they allege “that a ‘Framework for K-12 Science Education’ and related ‘Next Generation Science Standards’ (collectively the ‘Policy’) adopted by the Defendants on June 11, 2013, for the education of the Children endorses and seeks to establish, explicitly and implicitly a non-theistic religious Worldview in the guise of science education.”

Uh huh. Which raises the question, if religion is religion (which seems like a reasonably fair statement) and everything that’s not a religion is also a religion, what exactly does that leave for teachers to teach, according to groups like COPE?

The appeal, of course, forced the state to expend more public funds paying lawyers to craft a(nother) response, which you can read all about in the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal. You can also read all the other major filings in the case on the website of the National Center for Science Education here.

Fun stuff. Hey COPE, do you think, maybe, it’s possible that when Jesus said to “go and make disciples of all nations,” he wasn’t talking about misusing his name and holy book as the basis for a ridiculous lawsuit like yours?

After all, he never once said anything about a literal Genesis being crucial to the Christian faith, and there is a fairly good chance he knew what the gospel was all about. You know, being God and all.

Tyler Francke is the founder of God of Evolution and author of Reoriented. He can be reached here.