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The ACLU Rears Its Ugly Head in Cobb County, Georgia


The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force the Cobb County school board in Marietta, Georgia, to remove disclaimers on evolution from thousands of middle and high school textbooks.  Jeffrey Selman, the father of an elementary school pupil, initiated this lawsuit in reaction to stickers placed inside new science textbooks.  The stickers point out that evolution is a scientific theory, not a scientific fact, and should be critically considered.  Mr. Selman feels these disclaimers are an attempt to inject religion into school curriculum, and is therefore a violation of the separation of church and state. 

Selman fails to realize that our children are being proselytized every day in our schools, into what has become the government-sanctioned religion in the United States – humanism.  One of the key doctrines of humanism is the doctrine of evolution.  The theory of evolution is so full of holes, there’s barely anything substantive holding it together.  Indeed, it takes a far greater leap of faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe that God created us all in His likeness.

In a Newsweek article, Cambridge University physicist John Polkinghorne said, “When you realize that the laws of nature must be incredibly finely tuned to produce the universe we see, that conspires to plant the idea that the universe did not just happen, but that there must be a purpose behind it.”1

Dr. David Raup, curator of geology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago points out that the “250,000 species of plants and animals recorded and deposited in museums throughout the world did not support the gradual unfolding hoped for by Darwin.”2

So why then are evolutionists so eager to proclaim the theory of evolution as a scientific fact?  I believe the answer lies both in fear and human arrogance.  Man has wrestled with the sin of pride and arrogance ever since tasting from the fruit of the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden.  Today’s humanist fancies himself an intellectual, and certainly more enlightened than those of us who worship our Almighty Creator.  This pride cannot, and will not stand.  Paul said, “For it is written:  ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’  Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 3 The humanist also suffers from the fear that he may be wrong.  He works hard to deconstruct God before the world, but he is really attempting to convince himself of his own sovereignty.  Evolutionist L. T. More illustrated this well when he said, “The more one studies paleontology, the more certain one becomes that evolution is based on faith alone; exactly the same sort of faith which is necessary to have when one encounters the great mysteries of religion…. The only alternative is the doctrine of special creation, which may be true, but is irrational.”4 

That goes to the heart of the matter.  The evolutionist believes in evolution – not because it is scientific, but because he considers himself too wise to believe in God.  To confess that humans are not sovereign unto themselves, but are actually accountable to God is considered “irrational.”   This humanist worldview, which denies God and instead, chooses a scientifically unprovable theory, is the religious doctrine of the American educational system.  Mr. Selman and the ACLU are fighting a simple disclaimer, because allowing students to think critically about origins threatens their humanist doctrine and worldview.   In doing so, they are severely misinterpreting the constitution, and the so-called separation (i.e., establishment) clause.

In their powerful book Mind Siege, authors Tim LaHaye and David Noebel said, “The separation doctrine was never intended to wall off Christians from their government, but rather to guarantee that no one sect would become the national church.  Americans were all too knowledgeable about the Church of England.  They intended to make sure there would be no Church of America.”5  The authors go on to say, “Our forefathers never intended government to be isolated from God or the recognition of His existence.  Yet with a false interpretation of separation, the humanists have rendered our government almost as secular as Communist China and the former Soviet Union.  In fact, in many ways, there is more religious freedom in present-day Russia than there is in the United States…. Just as Judeo Christian morals and religion have no place in the humanist’s scheme of American education, so they have no place in their scheme of government.”6

The humanists and their front organizations, such as the ACLU, are dragging the United States down a slippery slope, and away from the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this country was founded.  Our children are being indoctrinated into the religion of humanism, and our courts have upheld this practice.  In this particular case, even a disclaimer that truthfully points out that evolution is a theory, is being challenged by a group that considers Christians to be “irrational.”  In a new development that was reported after I originally concluded this article, the Cobb County school board adopted a policy that would teachers to give a "balanced education" about the origin of life.  The school board enacted this policy following a lengthy public debate on the issue. 

Christians must make a stand in their communities!  We can no longer hide silently in our sanctuaries.  The decisions by the Cobb County school board were initiated by a petition signed by 2000 parents who did not want their children being indoctrinated into the humanist religion.  Furthermore, Christian parents cared enough to attend the school board meetings to make their voices heard. We must be equally diligent in our own communities.  Get involved in grassroots campaigns to protect the Judeo-Christian ethics, principles and morals where you live.  Make sure your elected representatives know how you feel about these issues.  Let the following words of Paul speak to your hearts, and may God bless you as you contend for your faith!

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” – Romans 1:16a

 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” – Romans 1:18-20



1.       Sharon Begley, “Science Finds God,” Newsweek, (July 20, 1998), pg 48.

2.       David Raup, “Conflicts Between Darwinism and Paleontology,” Chicago Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 50 (January 1979). 

3.       1 Corinthians 1:19-20, NIV

4.       Luther D. Sunderland, Darwin’s Enigma:  Fossils and Other Problems (Master Book Publishers, 1988) pg 27.

5.       Tim LaHaye and David Noebel, Mind Siege, (Word Publishing, 2000), pg 200.

6.    Ibid., pg 201.