Trump Undermines Science Education with ‘Bible Literacy’ Tweet


For Immediate Release: January 28, 2019
Contact: Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
press@centerforinquiry.org - (207) 358-9785

President Trump’s endorsement of unconstitutional religious classes in America’s public schools was condemned by the Center for Inquiry for undermining secular science education.

In a tweet sent Sunday, President Trump announced “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!”

“This is one of the few honest statements we’ve heard from the president, wishing for a homogenous, Christian nationalist, America,” said Nick Little, CFI’s Vice President and General Counsel. “These calls for ‘Bible literacy’ classes ignore the rapid increase in religious diversity in the US, with both non-Christian religions and the religiously unaffiliated becoming more and more prevalent. The Constitution is clear – religious indoctrination has no place in our public school classrooms.”

Project Blitz, a legislative campaign by the religious right, has been pushing multiple bills across the country seeking to promote religion through operation of law. These bills focus on areas such as requiring the display of “In God We Trust” in schools and public areas. As this administration appoints more and more federal judges committed to breaching Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state, so the religious right has become bolder, seeking to inject greater levels of Christianity into the public square.

“Science teachers already face incredible resistance to their efforts to teach the facts of evolution,” said Robyn Blumner, CFI’s President and CEO. “We established the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science to give middle school science teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics, because we saw how much religiously grounded pushback they were receiving.”

“The last thing science teachers need is to be undermined by the President of the United States who seems to want the creation myth along with other biblical science inaccuracies taught in the nation’s public schools,” said Blumner.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at centerforinquiry.org.