“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost
It seems that nowadays all creationist want to do is implement creationism in schools and oppose evolution despite it being a violation of the separation of church and state and unlikely to be accomplished. The issue is highly controversial since over 70% of America is christian and religious. Many Atheists warn that teaching creationism in public schools is a violation of church and state while the christians retort that it is censoring freedom of speech. So should Creationism be taught in schools?
Firstly, creationism, specifically young earth creationism, has almost no scientific evidence supporting the theory, in comparison to the big bang and evolution theory. Creationism, like the mythology of the ancient greek it is still a theory albeit, an unlikely one. If creationism is to be taught in school it should not be taught in the science class and not literally either. I also believe that if creationism is to be taught in public schools, the students must understand the logical fallacies and misconceptions surrounding the belief.
Many Christians also argue that only teaching evolution as fact is a violation of freedom of speech and that the big bang is really just a theory despite the fact that evolution is strongly regarded as fact by the scientific community and by the catholics. The answer to this tedious argument is simple: stop exposing your child to critical thinking and send him/her to a christian school or home school them.
My opinion is that creationism should be taught in schools but as a myth and a subject of scientific analyzation. Creationism should also be compared to other Abrahamic religions and ancient religions. Students need to be aware of all theories and the controversy and misconceptions surrounding them in a critical, scientific way in order to please both the atheists and christians while not violating the separation of church and state and the freedom of speech.