Columbia, SC — State Sen. Mike Fair has every right to teach his religious views to a Sunday School class in the congregation he attends, assuming that the congregation’s governing body has approved. He has no right to impose his religious views on science classes in public schools. Science classes are about teaching the scientific method, and students forced to hear religion taught as if it were science may be at a disadvantage when they enter the competitive environment of a university classroom.
Many of us agree that it’s good to be serious about our religious convictions. It’s not good — and may be quite destructive — to insist that our particular religious convictions are the same thing as science. In any event, if we allowed every legislator to impose her or his religious beliefs on the details of public school curricula, chaos and dysfunction would ensue.
Richard C. Massey