There is no rational justification for religion to be considered as part of the high school science curriculum. Science is based upon specific steps leading from hypotheses to factual conclusions. Religions are beliefs that have meaning for individuals or groups that cannot be proven as scientific facts.
For evolution and creationism to be considered scientifically equal does not make sense, yet it is remarkable how many Republican contestants for presidency feel that these two subjects should be made a part of the high school science program.
Since 4 billion years ago when evolutionary life began on Earth, science has found an interrelationship among all plants and animals. Naturalist Charles Darwin was among the first to bring out this fact in his world-shaking book “On the Origin of Species,” his study of evolution,. Science has found much basic truth in his conclusions.
Religion does have an important roll to play in presenting programs of social interrelationships. However, to place evolution and creationism together in a class science course gives the impression that there must be some scientific interrelationship, when there isn’t any.
Willard Cole, Arroyo Grande