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Challenge To Evolution Instruction In Kansas Fails

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit that aimed to stop the teaching of evolution in public schools.

The case was brought by a group called Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE). In the lawsuit, members of the group asserted that the state’s science standards permit “only atheistic/materialistic answers to ultimate religious questions.”

A federal court didn’t find that argument persuasive and dismissed the case. That ruling was later upheld by an appeals court. The unsuccessful appeal to the Supreme Court means the legal action is over.

Court Rejects Challenge To Kan. Science Standards

A Kansas-based creationist group has lost its latest challenge to science curriculum standards that teach evolution as fact.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in April that Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) had not adequately proved its members were harmed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  A district court judge dismissed COPE’s original complaint in 2014.

Creationist Canard: Judge Tosses Lawsuit That Claims Evolution Is A ‘Religious’ Viewpoint Unfit For Public Schools

It seems creationists are running out of ways to undermine evolution after a federal judge tossed a lawsuit that had sought to ban evolution from public school classrooms on the grounds that it promotes atheism.

Evolution Questioned: Creationist Group Challenges Kansas Science Curriculum

Americans United has reported frequently on the slew of Religious Right groups trying to test and redefine the bounds of “religious liberty.” Now it seems yet another organization has joined the fray, claiming that teaching evolution in public schools forces atheism on students and violates the “religious liberty” of some parents.