Einstein's ideas not welcome in the classroom, but extortion may be?
January 3, 2008
In a letter written to the Florida State Board of Education, the ACLU supports new science curriculum that is exclusively evolution-based, claiming that teaching other scientific explanations forces religion upon students. The ACLU wants to stop the kind of scientific inquiry that Einstein and so many others embraced.
Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” But the ACLU doesn’t want Florida school children to know that.
While the ACLU letter avoids explicitly mentioning Einstein, it concludes, of necessity, that Albert Einstein was a religious nut whose ideas should be unwelcome in Florida schools, rather than the greatest scientist the world has ever known.
The letter also notes that the attorneys for the ACLU “agreed to accept $1 million in fees” from the Dover Pennsylvania School District, in a case that evaluated the inclusion of intelligent design in science curriculum. The attorney’s actual fees were “more than $2 million.” This large sum could serve as precedent to those in Florida who oppose the ACLU point of view. In short, the ACLU is using extortion to scare the Florida Board of Education into eliminating the ideas of Einstein from their schools.
The new science standards will be up for consideration in February and have already generated much discussion and divisiveness among teachers, parents, and others in the scientific community.