Science and Religion Since Darwin The "Fairness" Issue in the Evolution-Creation Debate Voices from an American Community College and the Blogosphere

Billeter, Paul A.; Quill, Danielle M.
June 2009
Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table;2009, Vol. 2009 Issue 2, Special section p1
Academic Journal
Proponents of teaching Intelligent Design and Creationism in public schools often use "fairness" as a rationale. Attitudes of freshmen non-major biology students regarding the fairness of the opposite proposition, i.e. teaching evolution in churches, was surveyed. For contrast, an online debate on the same question at a conservative website was examined as well. The two groups applied a different standard of fairness to integrating Darwinism in a religious setting than that which they applied to integrating creationism into public academic settings. Fairness was not viewed as symmetrical. Their views are varied but the mandatory nature of attending school versus the optional nature of attending church was expressed frequently. It seems the Free Exercise Clause is sacred while the Establishment Clause is malleable. Addressing both creation and evolution concurrently using constructivist active learning is advocated.


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