The American Civil Liberties Union (A C L U)
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)
We quote from an ACLU ad referring to the Bible: “In some public schools, it’s a science textbook. What’s taught in Sunday school shouldn’t be taught Monday through Friday school. But that’s exactly what’s happening. School officials that impose their religious beliefs on your children are in direct violation of the First Amendment. Help us defend your rights. Support the ACLU.” www.aclu.org (American Civil Liberties Union).
The foregoing text is pathetically filled with distortion of the most insidious variety. It is so reckless in its treatment of fact, as to have no credibility at all; yet thousands will read it, and receive it as truth. We register our protest in the following response:
The Bible is not, and so far as we know never has been, used as a “science textbook” in any “public school” - or private school, for that matter. The Bible does not address “science” per se. It says nothing about the composition of matter - electrons, protons, neutrons, etc. It makes no attempt to define the law of gravity. It contains no chart of the chemical “elements.” The accusation, therefore, is supremely false.
What Christians do contend is this: The Bible contains a vast body of evidence that supports its claim of divine origin. One of the ways an honest student can explore this affirmation is to raise this question: When the Scriptures touch upon an issue that somehow relates to “science,” does one have a right to expect the narratives to be accurate, if, in fact, they originated with the God? The answer must be in the affirmative. And so, while the Bible never pretends to be a “science textbook,” it is not at variance with any known scientific truth. This has been demonstrated countless times.
Another important point is this: The issue of “origins” is not within the domain of “scientific investigation.” That which occurred “in the beginning” cannot be subjected to the scientific method, which involves observation, experimentation, and either falsification or verification. But the ACLU has no problem with humanists teaching an anti-theistic materialism relative to “origins.” They advocate a skeptical “liberty” to teach a “no-God” brand of “science.” The ACLU is really the Anti-Christian-Liberty Union!
With a smirking patronization, the ACLU ad suggests that these Bible-believing simpletons may teach whatever they wish on Sunday, but on Monday through Friday, your children will be taught what the skeptics wish them to learn. The fact is, whatever is truth ought to be taught on any day of the week. It is not the day of the week that counts; the issue is, where does the truth lie? This is the question the ACLU does not wish to confront.
The statement that
“religious beliefs” are “in direct violation of the First Amendment” is
the face of it. Is the Declaration of Independence at variance
the First Amendment? It states: “We hold these truths to be
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights . . . .” The First Amendment prohibits
the Congress from establishing a religion; it is not a mandate
all religious considerations.