AU Trustee Barbara Forrest is a long-time advocate and activist on church-state issues, particularly regarding creationism in public schools. Here, she addresses attempts in PA to promote religion in science class.
Click through the link below this short quote to read Barbara’s entire column on the Creationist threat in Pennsylvania.
Here is how the Discovery Institute’s Pennsylvania plan is unfolding: On April 10, DI lawyer Joshua Youngkin spoke at Cornerstone Ministries in Murrysville, along with Randall Wenger, the Pennsylvania Family Institute lawyer who authored a 2005 pro-intelligent design Kitzmiller amicus brief on the institute’s behalf. Although Wenger argued in the brief that “there is every good reason to regard the theory of intelligent design as a scientific theory, and thus, the primary effect of informing students about it is to improve science education,” he now promotes “academic freedom.”
Partnering with Cornerstone, the plan is to get an academic freedom bill passed in Pennsylvania. Pastor Donn Chapman, a young-earth creationist, made it clear that he considers such legislation merely the first step toward teaching intelligent design in public schools.
State Rep. Stephen Bloom, of Cumberland County, R-199th Dist., is now proposing an academic freedom bill. Although Bloom insists he is merely promoting “good science,” his proposal memo and draft bill repeat the Discovery Institute’s talking points. Youngkin is already defending Bloom’s bill on the institute’s Evolution News & Views blog — a sure sign that DI is fully invested in it.