Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) has sent its chapters a statement on supporting the upcoming actions, the March for Science on April 22, 2017, and the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017.
“Americans United for Separation of Church and State fully supports sound science. All Americans are free to believe—or not—as they see fit, but our government should make policy decisions based upon scientific evidence, not religion. We believe our public school science classes should teach science, such as evolution and climate change, and not religious beliefs like creationism and intelligent design or that evolution is controversial. And our public school sex education curriculum should be based upon science, not religious doctrine. We believe public health policy should reflect what medical experts and research tell us, including that birth control and other forms of contraception are safe and effective healthcare. We believe that no one should be denied access to medicine or medical services because of someone else’s religious beliefs.
Americans United encourages its members and supporters to take part in the March for Science on April 22 and the People’s Climate March on April 29 to show their support for sound science, science education, and science-based policies.”
The Delaware Valley Americans United Chapter (DVAU) has endorsed the March for Science Philadelphia and March for Science Trenton. Our chapter has devoted years to supporting science education by fighting against Creationism/Intelligent Design in public schools. DVAU has held several events about the threat post to Jefferson’s Wall of Separation by those who challenge the teaching of evolution in public schools. We have testified before the Pennsylvania House Education Subcommittee (2005) to oppose legislation that would have mandated the teaching of Intelligent Design in Pennsylvania public schools.
We are concerned about the erosion of both science education and our First Amendment freedoms, which is why we march, and why we as church-state separation advocates stand strong for science.
“The Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DVAU) feels that a solid wall of separation between church and state will keep Creationism out of science classrooms. We are science supporters who have actively engaged in opposition to teaching Creationism in science classrooms.”