Representative Stephen Bloom recently released a memo
regarding intent to amend the Public School Code 1949 to create an “Academic Freedom” provision. The term “Academic Freedom” is misleading, however, because it merely allows public schools to teach non-curricular and non-scientific theories, such as creationism
, in the classroom. This bill is constitutionally suspect because it blurs the line between church and state and endangers religious freedom, while undermining scientific education in Pennsylvania.
This bill wrongly claims to “protect teaching of scientific information,” but in actuality, it encourages teachers to emphasize the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, inventing a false controversy to invite religious discussion into science classrooms.
Furthermore, if this legislation passes, it is likely to result in costly litigation. The bill attempts to circumvent the U.S. Constitution and federal court rulings prohibiting the teaching of creationism in public schools.
Please take a moment to contact
Representative Bloom and urge him to reconsider introducing this problematic provision, in addition to contacting your State Representative
, urging him or her not to support or cosponsor this provision.
Tell them, “Please oppose Representative Bloom’s “Academic Freedom” provision because true religious liberty is at stake and creationism has no place in our public schools. This bill is constitutionally suspect because it blurs the line between church and state and endangers religious freedom, while undermining scientific education in Pennsylvania.”