Creation and evolution in public education in the United States
In the United States, the states of Texas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, and Alabama require in their science standards that students "critically analyze key aspects of evolutionary theory." Two other states, Louisiana and Mississippi, have adopted legislation allowing teachers and students to discuss scientific evidence critical of evolution.
- 1 Early law
- 2 Modern legal cases
- 3 Intelligent Design and Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District
- 4 Movements to teach creationism in schools
- 5 Recent developments in state education programs
- 6 Polls
- 7 Consequences
- 8 U.S. legal quotations
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Until the late 19th century, creation was taught in nearly all schools in the United States, often from the position that the literal interpretation of the Bible is inerrant. With the widespread acceptance of the scientific theory of evolution in the 1860s after being first introduced in 1859, and developments in other fields such as geology and astronomy, public schools began to teach science that was reconciled with Christianity by most people, but considered by a number of early fundamentalists to be directly at odds with the Bible.
In the aftermath of World War I, the Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy brought a surge of opposition to the idea of evolution, and following the campaigning of William Jennings Bryan several states introduced legislation prohibiting the teaching of evolution. Such legislation was considered and defeated in 1922 in Kentucky and South Carolina, in 1923 passed in Oklahoma, Florida, and notably in 1925 in Tennessee, as the Butler Act. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) offered to defend anyone who wanted to bring a test case against one of these laws. John T. Scopes accepted, and he started teaching his class evolution, in defiance of the Tennessee law. The resulting trial was widely publicized by H. L. Mencken among others, and is commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial.
Scopes was convicted; however, the widespread publicity galvanized proponents of evolution.
When the case was appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Court overturned the decision on a technicality (the judge had assessed the fine when the jury had been required to). Although it overturned the conviction, the Court decided that the law was not in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court held:
We are not able to see how the prohibition of teaching the theory that man has descended from a lower order of animals gives preference to any religious establishment or mode of worship. So far as we know there is no religious establishment or organized body that has its creed or confession of faith any article denying or affirming such a theory. — John Thomas Scopes v. The State 154 Tenn. 105, 289 S.W. 363 (1927)
The interpretation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment up to that time was that Congress could not establish a particular religion as the State religion. Consequently, the Court held that the ban on the teaching of evolution did not violate the Establishment Clause, because it did not establish one religion as the "State religion." As a result of the holding, the teaching of evolution remained illegal in Tennessee, and continued campaigning succeeded in removing evolution from school textbooks throughout the United States.
While discussing these cases in A Walk in the Woods (1998), writer Bill Bryson noted, "And now the state was about to bring the law back, proving conclusively that the danger for Tennesseans isn't so much that they may be descended from apes as overtaken by them."
Modern legal cases
In 1967, the Tennessee public schools were threatened with another lawsuit over the Butler Act's constitutionality, and, fearing public reprisal, Tennessee's legislature repealed the Butler Act. In the following year, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Epperson v. Arkansas (1968) that Arkansas's law prohibiting the teaching of evolution was in violation of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court held that the Establishment Clause prohibits the state from advancing any religion, and determined that the Arkansas law which allowed the teaching of creation while disallowing the teaching of evolution advanced a religion, and was therefore in violation of the Establishment Clause. This holding reflected a broader understanding of the Establishment Clause: instead of just prohibiting laws that established a state religion, the clause was interpreted to prohibit laws that furthered religion. Opponents, pointing to the previous decision, argued that this amounted to judicial activism.
In reaction to the Epperson case, creationists in Louisiana passed a law requiring that public schools should give "equal time" to "alternative theories" of origin. The Supreme Court ruled in 1987 in Edwards v. Aguillard that the Louisiana statute, which required creation to be taught alongside evolution every time evolution was taught, was unconstitutional.
The Court laid out its rule in Edwards as follows:
The Establishment Clause forbids the enactment of any law 'respecting an establishment of religion.' The Court has applied a three-pronged test to determine whether legislation comports with the Establishment Clause. First, the legislature must have adopted the law with a secular purpose. Second, the statute's principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion. Third, the statute must not result in an excessive entanglement of government with religion. Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602, 612-613, 91 S.Ct. 2105, 2111, 29 L.Ed.2d 745 (1971). State action violates the Establishment Clause if it fails to satisfy any of these prongs. — Edwards v. Aguillard
The Court held that the law was not adopted with a secular purpose, because its purported purpose of "protecting academic freedom" was not furthered by limiting the freedom of teachers to teach what they thought appropriate; ruled that the act was discriminatory because it provided certain resources and guarantees to "creation scientists" which were not provided to those who taught evolution; and ruled that the law was intended to advance a particular religion because several state senators that had supported the bill stated that their support for the bill stemmed from their religious beliefs.
While the Court held that creationism is an inherently religious belief, it did not hold that every mention of creationism in a public school is unconstitutional:
We do not imply that a legislature could never require that scientific critiques of prevailing scientific theories be taught. Indeed, the Court acknowledged in Stone that its decision forbidding the posting of the Ten Commandments did not mean that no use could ever be made of the Ten Commandments, or that the Ten Commandments played an exclusively religious role in the history of Western Civilization. 449 U.S., at 42, 101 S.Ct., at 194. In a similar way, teaching a variety of scientific theories about the origins of humankind to schoolchildren might be validly done with the clear secular intent of enhancing the effectiveness of science instruction. But because the primary purpose of the Creationism Act is to endorse a particular religious doctrine, the Act furthers religion in violation of the Establishment Clause. — Edwards v. Aguillard
Intelligent Design and Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District
The ruling was one in a series of developments addressing issues related to the American creationist movement and the separation of church and state. The scope of the ruling affected state schools and did not include independent schools, home schools, Sunday schools and Christian schools, all of whom remained free to teach creationism.
Within two years of the Edwards ruling a creationist textbook was produced: Of Pandas and People (1989), which attacked evolutionary biology without mentioning the identity of the supposed "intelligent designer." Drafts of the text used "creation" or "creator" before being changed to "intelligent design" or "designer" after the Edwards v. Aguillard ruling. This form of creationism, known as intelligent design creationism, was developed in the early 1990s.
This would eventually lead to another court case, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, which went to trial on September 26, 2005, and was decided in U.S. District Court on December 20, 2005, in favor of the plaintiffs, who charged that a mandate that intelligent design (ID) be taught was an unconstitutional establishment of religion. The opinion of Kitzmiller v. Dover was hailed as a landmark decision, firmly establishing that creationism and intelligent design were religious teachings and not areas of legitimate scientific research. Because the Dover Area School Board chose not to appeal, the case never reached a circuit court or the U.S. Supreme Court.
Just as it is permissible to discuss the crucial role of religion in medieval European history, creationism may be discussed in a civics, current affairs, philosophy, or comparative religions class where the intent is to factually educate students about the diverse range of human political and religious beliefs. The line is crossed only when creationism is taught as science, just as it would be if a teacher were to proselytize a particular religious belief.
Movements to teach creationism in schools
There continue to be numerous efforts to introduce creationism in U.S. classrooms. One strategy is to declare that evolution is a religion, and therefore it should not be taught in the classroom either, or that if evolution is a religion, then surely creationism as well can be taught in the classroom.
In the 1980s, UC Berkeley law professor Phillip E. Johnson began reading the scientific literature on evolution. This led him to author Darwin on Trial (1991), which examined the evidence for evolution from a religious point of view and challenged the assumption that the only reasonable explanation for the origin of species must be a naturalistic one, though science is defined by searching for natural explanations for phenomena. This book, and his subsequent efforts to encourage and coordinate creationists with more scientific credentials, was the start of the intelligent design movement. Intelligent design asserts that there is evidence that life was created by an "intelligent designer" (mainly that the physical properties of living organisms are so complex that they must have been "designed"). Proponents claim that intelligent design takes "all available facts" into account rather than just those available through naturalism. Opponents assert that intelligent design is a pseudoscience because its claims cannot be tested by experiment (see falsifiability) and do not propose any new hypotheses.
Many proponents of the intelligent design movement support requiring that it be taught in the public schools. For example, the Discovery Institute (DI), a conservative think tank, and Phillip E. Johnson support the policy of "Teach the Controversy," which entails presenting to students evidence for and against evolution, and then encouraging students to evaluate that evidence themselves.
While many proponents of intelligent design believe that it should be taught in schools, other creationists believe that legislation is not appropriate. Answers in Genesis (AiG) has said:
"AiG is not a lobby group, and we oppose legislation for compulsion of creation teaching. ...why would we want an atheist forced to teach creation and give a distorted view? But we would like legal protection for teachers who present scientific arguments against the sacred cow of evolution such as staged pictures of peppered moths and forged embryo diagrams."
Opponents point out that there is no scientific controversy, but only a political and religious one, therefore "teaching the controversy" would only be appropriate in a social studies, religion, or philosophy class. Many, such as Richard Dawkins, compare teaching intelligent design in schools to teaching flat earthism, since the scientific consensus regarding these issues is identical. Dawkins has stated that teaching creationism to children is akin to child abuse.
Recent developments in state education programs
Development by state
In August 2008 Judge S. James Otero ruled in favor of University of California in Association of Christian Schools International v. Roman Stearns agreeing with the university's position that various religious books on U.S. history and science, from A Beka Books and Bob Jones University Press, should not be used for a college-preparatory classes. The case was filed in spring 2006 by Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) against the University of California claiming religious discrimination over the rejection of five courses as college preparatory instruction. On August 8, 2008, Judge Otero entered summary judgment against plaintiff ACSI, upholding the University of California's standards. The university found the books "didn't encourage critical thinking skills and failed to cover 'major topics, themes and components' of U.S. history" and were thus ill-suited to prepare students for college.
On February 19, 2008, the Florida State Board of Education adopted new science standards in a 4-3 vote. The new science curriculum standards explicitly require the teaching of the "scientific theory of evolution," whereas the previous standards only referenced evolution using the words "change over time."
This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.
Cobb County Board of Education
Thursday, March 28, 2002
Defense attorney E. Linwood Gunn IV said, "The only thing the school board did is acknowledge there is a potential conflict [between the science of evolution and creationism] and there is a potential infringement on people's beliefs if you present it in a dogmatic way. We're going to do it in a respectful way." Gerald R. Weber, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia, said, "The progress of church-state cases has been that the [U.S.] Supreme Court sets a line, then government entities do what they can to skirt that line. ... Here the Supreme Court has said you can't teach creationism in the public schools. You can't have an equal-time provision for evolution and creationism. These disclaimers are a new effort to skirt the line." Jefferey Selman, who brought the lawsuit, claims, "It singles out evolution from all the scientific theories out there. Why single out evolution? It has to be coming from a religious basis, and that violates the separation of church and state." The Cobb County Board of Education said it adopted the sticker "to foster critical thinking among students, to allow academic freedom consistent with legal requirements, to promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity of opinion, and to ensure a posture of neutrality toward religion."
On January 13, 2005, a federal judge in Atlanta ruled that the stickers should be removed as they violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The Board subsequently decided to appeal the decision. In comments on December 15, 2005, in advance of releasing its decision, the appeal court panel appeared critical of the lower court ruling and a judge indicated that he did not understand the difference between evolution and abiogenesis.
On December 19, 2006, the Board abandoned all of its legal activities and will no longer mandate that biology texts contain a sticker stating "evolution is a theory, not a fact." Their decision was a result of compromise negotiated with a group of parents, represented by the ACLU, that were opposed to the sticker. The parents agreed, as their part of the compromise, to withdraw their legal actions against the Board.
On August 11, 1999, by a 6-4 vote the Kansas State Board of Education changed their science education standards to remove any mention of "biological macroevolution, the age of the Earth, or the origin and early development of the universe," so that evolutionary theory no longer appeared in state-wide standardized tests and "it was left to the 305 local school districts in Kansas whether or not to teach it." This decision was hailed by creationists, and sparked a statewide and nationwide controversy with scientists condemning the change. Challengers in the state's Republican primary who made opposition to the anti-evolution standards their focus were voted in on August 1, 2000, so on February 14, 2001, the Board voted 7-3 to reinstate the teaching of biological evolution and the origin of the earth into the state's science education standards.
In 2004, the Board elections gave religious conservatives a majority and, influenced by the Discovery Institute, they arranged the Kansas evolution hearings. On August 9, 2005, the Boarddrafted new "science standards that require critical analysis of evolution – including scientific evidence refuting the theory," which opponents analyzed as effectively stating that intelligent design should be taught. The new standards also provide a definition of science that does not preclude supernatural explanations, and were approved by a 6-4 vote on November 8, 2005—incidentally the day of the Dover Area School Board election which failed to re-elect incumbent creationists (see #Pennsylvania).
In Kansas' state Republican primary elections on August 1, 2006, moderate Republicans took control away from the anti-evolution conservatives, leading to an expectation that science standards which effectively embraced intelligent design and cast doubt on Darwinian evolution would now be changed.
On February 13, 2007, the Board approved a new curriculum which removed any reference to intelligent design as part of science. In the words of Bill Wagnon, the Board chairman, "Today the Kansas Board of Education returned its curriculum standards to mainstream science." The new curriculum, as well as a document outlining the differences with the previous curriculum, has been posted on the Kansas State Department of Education's website.
On June 12, 2008, a bill (SB561) named the "Louisiana Academic Freedom Act" passed into law.
In 2002, proponents of intelligent design asked the Ohio State Board of Education to adopt intelligent design as part of its standard biology curriculum, in line with the guidelines of the Edwards v. Aguillard holding. In December 2002, the Board adopted a proposal that required critical analysis of evolution, but did not specifically mention intelligent design. This decision was reversed in February 2006 following both the conclusion of the Dover lawsuit and repeated threats of lawsuit against the Board.
In 2004, the Dover Area School Board voted that a statement must be read to students of 9th grade biology mentioning intelligent design. This resulted in a firestorm of criticism from scientists and science teachers and caused a group of parents to begin legal proceedings (sometimes referred to as the Dover Panda Trial) to challenge the decision, based on their interpretation of the Aguillard precedent. Supporters of the school board's position noted that the Aguillard holding explicitly allowed for a variety of what they consider "scientific theories" of origins for the secular purpose of improving scientific education. Others have argued that intelligent design should not be allowed to use this "loophole." On November 8, 2005, the members of the Board in Dover were voted out and replaced by evolutionary theory supporters. This had no bearing on the case. On December 20, 2005, federal judge John E. Jones III ruled that the Dover Area School Board had violated the Constitution when they set their policy on teaching intelligent design, and stated that "In making this determination, we have addressed the seminal question of whether ID is science. We have concluded that it is not, and moreover that ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."
On April 10, 2012, a bill (HB 368/SB 893) passed in protecting "teachers who explore the 'scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses' of evolution and climate change." Science education advocates said the law could make it easier for creationism and global warming denial to enter U.S. classrooms. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists saw it as a risk to education, quoting "We need to keep kids' curiosity about science alive and not limit their ability to understand the world around them by exposing them to misinformation." The passing of the law was praised by proponents of intelligent design.
On November 7, 2007, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) director of science curriculum Christine Comer was forced to resign over an e-mail she had sent announcing a talk given by an anti-intelligent design author. In a memo obtained under the Texas Public Information Act, TEA officials wrote "Ms. Comer's e-mail implies endorsement of the speaker and implies that TEA endorses the speaker's position on a subject on which the agency must remain neutral." In response over 100 biology professors from Texas universities signed a letter to the state education commissioner denouncing the requirement to be neutral on the subject of intelligent design.
In July 2011, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), which oversees the Texas Education Agency, did not approve anti-evolution instructional materials submitted by International Databases, LLC, while continuing to approve materials from mainstream publishers.
Despite proponents' urging that intelligent design be included in the school system's science curriculum, the school board of Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia decided on May 23, 2007, to approve science textbooks for middle and high schools which do not include the idea of intelligent design. However, during the board meeting a statement was made that their aim was self-directed learning which "occurs only when alternative views are explored and discussed," and directed that professionals supporting curriculum development and implementation are to be required "to investigate and develop processes that encompass a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning" of the theory of evolution, "along with all other topics that raise differences of thought and opinion." During the week before the meeting, one of the intelligent design proponents claimed that "Students are being excluded from scientific debate. It's time to bring this debate into the classroom," and presented A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism.
In 2000, a poll commissioned by People for the American Way found that among Americans:
- 29% believe public schools should teach evolution in science class but can discuss creationism there as a belief;
- 20% believe public schools should teach evolution only;
- 17% believe public schools should teach evolution in science class and religious theories elsewhere;
- 16% believe public schools should teach creation only;
- 13% believe public schools should teach both evolution and creationism in science class;
- 4% believe public schools should teach both but are not sure how.
In 2006, a poll conducted by Zogby International commissioned by the Discovery Institute found that more than three to one of voters surveyed chose the option that biology teachers should teach Darwin's theory of evolution, but also "the scientific evidence against it". Approximately seven in ten (69%) sided with this view. In contrast, one in five (21%) chose the other option given, that biology teachers should teach only Darwin's theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it. One in ten was not sure.
Over the past few years, there have been several attempts to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools. Tactics include claims that evolution is "merely a theory," which exploits the difference between the general use of the word theory and the scientific usage, and thus insinuates that evolution does not have widespread acceptance among scientists; promoting the teaching of alternative pseudosciences such as intelligent design; and completely ignoring evolution in biology classes. In general, these controversies, at the local school district level, have resulted in federal and state court actions (usually by parents who are opposed to teaching of religion in school). There have been a number of consequences of these activities:
- The teaching of religious doctrines, such as creation science and intelligent design, relies upon an understanding of and belief in the supernatural. This is in direct opposition to the principle that science can only use natural, reproducible, testable forces to explain phenomena. This could lead to the disabling of students' abilities to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for all scientists.
- The costs to school districts to defend their actions in imposing religious teaching over the science of evolution are high, diverting funds that the districts could use for the education of their students.
- The lack of proper science education will have a long-term effect of eroding the technological leadership of the U.S.
- Most biology and medical research institutions assume a well-grounded undergraduate education in biology, which includes the study of evolution. Since modern medical research has focused on the cellular and biochemical levels, the knowledge that all of these processes have evolved from a common ancestor and the processes are remarkably similar between diverse species will be critical in designing experiments to test novel treatments for disease.
- Christine Comer, the Director of Science Curriculum for Texas, resigned after being placed on administrative leave for a breach of Texas Education Agency policy, which required a neutral stance regarding ID and evolution. Ms. Comer had forwarded an email containing details of an upcoming talk by Barbara Forrest, an expert on the history of the ID movement who had been an expert witness on that subject in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, and a prominent critic of ID. Lizzette Reynolds, formerly of the United States Department of Education and also deputy legislative director for former Texas Governor George W. Bush, emailed Comer's supervisor: "This is highly inappropriate," Reynolds said. "I believe this is an offense that calls for termination or, at the very least, reassignment of responsibilities."
U.S. legal quotations
Epperson v. Arkansas (1968):
...the First Amendment does not permit the state to require that teaching and learning must be tailored to the principles or prohibitions of any religious sect or dogma...the state has no legitimate interest in protecting any or all religions from views distasteful to them.
McLean v. Arkansas (1982), the judge wrote that creation scientists:
...cannot properly describe the methodology used as scientific, if they start with a conclusion and refuse to change it regardless of the evidence developed during the course of the investigation.
Edwards v. Aguillard (1987):
...Because the primary purpose of the Creationism Act is to advance a particular religious belief, the Act endorses religion in violation of the First Amendment.
If a teacher in a public school uses religion and teaches religious beliefs or espouses theories clearly based on religious underpinnings, the principles of the separation of church and state are violated as clearly as if a statute ordered the teacher to teach religious theories such as the statutes in Edwards did.
The Supreme Court has held unequivocally that while belief in a Divine Creator of the universe is a religious belief, the scientific theory that higher forms of life evolved from lower ones is not.
The proper application of both the endorsement and Lemon tests to the facts of this case makes it abundantly clear that the Board's ID Policy violates the Establishment Clause. In making this determination, we have addressed the seminal question of whether ID is science. We have concluded that it is not, and moreover that ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents.
- A Scientific Support for Darwinism
- Clergy Letter Project
- Creation–evolution controversy
- Discovery Institute
- National Center for Science Education
- "Texas Improves on Strengths and Weaknesses Language in Science Standards on Teaching Evolution". Center for Science and Culture. Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute. March 27, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-13. "Texas becomes the seventh state to specifically require in its science standards that students critically analyze key aspects of evolutionary theory, joining Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, and Alabama. Two other states, Louisiana and Mississippi, have adopted legislation protecting the academic freedom of teachers and students to discuss scientific evidence critical of Darwin’s theory."
- Nickels, Ernest L. (2007). "Fundamental Divides: The Trial of John Scopes". In Chermak, Steven; Bailey, Frankie. Crimes and Trials of the Century 1. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-0-313-34109-0. LCCN 2007030704. OCLC 153579349. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- "Tennessee Reports" (PDF). Clarence Darrow Digital Collection 154. 1927. p. 118. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
- Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 04 cv 2688 (December 20, 2005). Whether ID Is Science, p. 19.
- Forrest, Barbara (May 2007). "Understanding the Intelligent Design Creationist Movement: Its True Nature and Goals" (PDF). Center for Inquiry. Washington, D.C.: Center for Inquiry. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Flank, Lenny (March 2006). "The History of Creationism". TalkOrigins Archive (Post of the Month). Houston, TX: The TalkOrigins Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Bryson, Bill (1998). A Walk in the Woods (1st ed.). New York: Broadway Books. p. 108. ISBN 0-7679-0251-3. LCCN 97032627. OCLC 37903447.
- "482 U.S. 578". Public.Resource.Org. June 19, 1987. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
- "Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District Trial transcript: Day 1 (September 26), AM Session, Part 1". TalkOrigins Archive. Houston, TX: The TalkOrigins Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Hovind, Kent (2005). "Dr. Hovind's $250,000 Offer". Creation Science Evangelism. Pensacola, FL: CSE Ministry. Archived from the original on 2006-02-18. Retrieved 2014-06-26. "It is my contention that evolutionism is a religious worldview that is not supported by science, Scripture, popular opinion, or common sense. The exclusive teaching of this dangerous, mind-altering philosophy in tax-supported schools, parks, museums, etc., is also a clear violation of the First Amendment. [...] Students in tax-supported schools are being taught that evolution is a fact. We are convinced that evolution is a religion masquerading as science and should not be part of any science curriculum."
- Wilgoren, Jodi (August 21, 2005). "Politicized Scholars Put Evolution on the Defensive". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- "Jason Lisle vs. Eugenie Scott on CNN!". Answers in Genesis. Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis. December 1, 2004. Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Lisle, Jason; Scott, Eugenie (November 29, 2004). Teaching Evolution; Supreme Court Considers Medical Marijuana. Interview with Paula Zahn. Paula Zahn Now. CNN.com. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Dawkins, Richard (2006). The God Delusion. London: Bantam Press. ISBN 978-0-5930-5548-9. LCCN 2006015506. OCLC 70671839.
- "Information about the Alabama 'Evolution Warning Label'". Alabama Citizens for Science Education. Birmingham, AL: Alabama Citizens for Science Education. Archived from the original on 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
- Rani, Gupta (August 8, 2008). "Judge throws out religious discrimination suit". The Californian (Escondido, CA: North County Times). Archived from the original on 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- Association of Christian Schools International v. Roman Stearns, 05 cv 6242 (August 8, 2008). Association of Christian Schools International v. Roman Sterns.
- Keim, Brandon (February 20, 2008). "Evolution Wins as Creationists (Accidentally) Switch Sides in Florida". Wired (New York: Condé Nast). Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- "Science Standards Will Call Evolution 'Scientific Theory'". ABC News. Associated Press. February 19, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- "Judge nixes evolution textbook stickers". MSNBC.com. Associated Press. January 13, 2005. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- McDonald, R. Robin (November 5, 2004). "Evolution, Creation Collide in Federal Court (Again)". Fulton County Daily Report (Atlanta, GA). Archived from the original on 2004-11-09. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- "ACLU Sues Over Evolution Disclaimers in Textbooks". Fox News (New York: Fox Entertainment Group). August 22, 2002.
- "Selman v. Cobb County School District: Decision of the Court Striking Down the Cobb County Evolution Disclaimer". TalkOrigins Archive. Houston, TX: The TalkOrigins Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- Chakraborty, Barnini (September 28, 2002). "Cobb school board to allow biblical view on man's origin". The Florida Times-Union (Augusta, GA: Morris Communications). Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- Torres, Kristina (January 18, 2005). "Cobb school board to appeal evolution ruling". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA: Cox Enterprises). Archived from the original on 2005-11-19. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
- Barry, Ellen (December 16, 2005). "Appeals Panel Criticizes Evolution Ruling". Los Angeles Times. p. A.22. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- Jarvie, Jenny (December 20, 2006). "School board ends fight for 'evolution is theory' stickers". Los Angeles Times. p. A.18. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- "AGI Update on Challenges to the Teaching of Evolution". Alexandria, VA: American Geological Institute. March 18, 2001. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- Davis, Patty (Contributor) (March 8, 2000). "Evolution-creation debate grows louder with Kansas controversy". CNN.com. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2003-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- Brown, Jim (August 11, 2006). "Official Cries Foul as Liberals Take Over Kansas Education Board". AgapePress. Tupelo, MS: American Family Association. Archived from the original on 2006-08-14. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- Krebs, Jack (July 16, 2006). "The Kansas standards DO include ID". The Panda's Thumb (Blog). Houston, TX: The TalkOrigins Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- Hanna, John (November 8, 2005). "Kansas School Board Casts Doubts on Evolution". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- Milburn, John (August 2, 2006). "Conservatives lose majority on State Board of Ed". San Jose Mercury News (Denver, CO: MediaNews Group). Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
- "Nothing Wrong With Kansas". The Washington Post (Editorial). August 6, 2006. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
- Sherriff, Lucy (February 15, 2007). "Darwin Mr Popular again in Kansas". The Register (Southport, England: Situation Publishing Limited). Retrieved 2014-07-06.
- "Kansas Curricular Standards for Science". Kansas State Department of Education. Topeka, KS. February 13, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
- "2007 K-12 Kansas State Science Standards and Assessments". Kansas State Department of Education. Topeka, KS. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
- Robelen, Erik (June 12, 2013). "Kansas Board Votes to Adopt Common Science Standards". Education Week (Bethesda, MD: Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.). ISSN 0277-4232. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
- Rivers, Margo (October 6, 1999). "State hits evolution delete key". Daily News (Bowling Green, KY: News Publishing, LLC). p. 1A. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
- "Ohio Education Board Reverses Course On Promoting 'Intelligent-Design' Creationism". Church & State (Washington, D.C.: Americans United for Separation of Church and State). March 2006. ISSN 2163-3746. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
- Rudoren, Jodi (February 15, 2006). "Ohio Board Undoes Stand on Evolution". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- Dorf, Michael C. (December 22, 2004). "Why It's Unconstitutional to Teach 'Intelligent Design' in the Public Schools, as an Alternative to Evolution". FindLaw's Writ (Blog) (New York: Thomson Reuters). OCLC 44871148. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
- "Dover School Board Incumbents Booted". WGAL (New York: Hearst Television). November 9, 2005. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
- Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 04 cv 2688 (December 20, 2005). Curriculum, Conclusion, p. 136.
- Zabarenko, Deborah (April 13, 2012). "Tennessee teacher law could boost creationism, climate denial". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
- "Texas official resigns, cites creationism conflict". USA Today (Tysons Corner, VA: Gannett Company). Associated Press. November 30, 2007. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
- "Texas biology professors voice support for evolution education". dallasnews.com (Dallas, TX: A. H. Belo). Associated Press. December 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
- "Victory for evolution in Texas". National Center for Science Education (Blog). Berkeley, CA: National Center for Science Education. July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- Gregory, Donna C. (June 5, 2007). "Evolution vs. intelligent design". Chesterfield Observer. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
- Marlow, Debra (May 23, 2007). "Science textbook statement from School Board Chair Thomas J. Doland" (Press release). Chesterfield, VA: Chesterfield County Public Schools. Retrieved 2007-06-05 – via Chesterfield Observer.
- DYG, Inc. (March 2000). "Evolution and Creationism In Public Education: An In-depth Reading Of Public Opinion" (PDF). People For the American Way. Washington, D.C.: People for the American Way Foundation. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- Zogby International (March 6, 2006). "Zogby America Likely Voters - 2/27/06 thru 3/2/06 MOE +/- 3.2 percentage points" (PDF). Discovery Institute. Seattle, WA: Discovery Institute. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- "'Theory, Not Fact' Policies — What's Wrong?". National Center for Science Education (Blog). Berkeley, CA: National Center for Science Education. October 17, 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- "'Intelligent design' costs Dover over $1,000,000". National Center for Science Education (Blog). Berkeley, CA: National Center for Science Education. February 24, 2006. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- Berra, Tim. "Separating Religious Fundamentalist 'Science' from Science". Actionbioscience.org. Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Biological Sciences. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- National Academy of Sciences (1998). "Why Teach Evolution?". Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. ISBN 0-309063-64-7. LCCN 98016100. OCLC 245727856. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- Heinauer, Laura (November 29, 2007). "State science curriculum director resigns". Austin American-Statesman (Atlanta, GA: Cox Enterprises). Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
- "Clarifying the Legalities". Understanding Evolution For Teachers. Berkeley, CA: University of California Museum of Paleontology. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- National Center for Science Education
- Ratliff, Evan (October 2004). "The Crusade Against Evolution". Wired (New York: Condé Nast) (12.10). Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- Creation education materials and articles at Answers in Genesis
- Bowman, Kristi L. (Spring 2006). "Seeing Government Purpose through the Objective Observer's Eyes: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Debates" (PDF). Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Society for Law & Public Policy, Inc.) 29 (2): 417–490. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- Chen, James Ming (2005). "Legal Mythmaking in a Time of Mass Extinctions: Reconciling Stories of Origins with Human Destiny" (PDF). Harvard Environmental Law Review (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law School Student Journals Office) 29 (2): 279–318. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
- National Academy of Sciences; Institute of Medicine (2008). Science, Evolution, and Creationism. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-10586-6. LCCN 2007015904. OCLC 123539346. Retrieved 2014-07-09.