Ohio Charter School Accused of Preaching Creationism to Students

Aug 3, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

The Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy, a “non-sectarian” online charter school that receives taxpayer funding, apparently teaches Creationism to students.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to the school’s superintendent Dr. David Bowlin explaining the concerns and asking him to put a stop to it.

… the school’s biology classes include a unit on “biogenesis” that teaches the biblical view of creation. The class readings for this unit reportedly include young earth creationist Walter Brown’s book “In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood,” a book promoted exclusively by Brown’s own religious ministry, the Center for Scientific Creation.

Teaching creationism or any of its offshoots, such as intelligent design, in a public school is unlawful, because creationism is not based in fact, FFRF reminds the Academy.

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