Misconception: “Evolution is itself ‘religious,’ so requiring teachers to teach evolution violates the First Amendment.”

Response: Evolution is science. The study of evolution relies on evidence and inference from the natural world. Thus it is not a religion. Supreme Court and other Federal court decisions clearly differentiate science from religion and do not permit the advocacy of religious doctrine in science (or other public school) classes. Other decisions specifically uphold a school district’s right to require the teaching of evolution.


For additional information on significant court decisions involving evolution education, visit the NCSE website.
Read more about evolution and the nature of science.


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