A few days ago, I posted about how Creationist Eric Hovind had managed to obtain access to a public high school, where he gave a presentation promoting Creationism (even though he explicitly avoided saying that word or any religious term association with it) to a debate class. He claimed it was all about teaching “critical thinking” when, in reality, Creationism is all about accepting nonsense and avoiding evidence to the contrary.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Elizabeth Cavell sent a letter to the district yesterday wanting to know how this could have happened:
Creation Today’s website, www.creationtoday.org, explains that Eric Hovind has been engaged in “full-time ministry” since graduating college in 1999, and that he “lead[s] an apologetics ministry in the war against evolution and humanism.” Nothing in Hovind’s background indicates any expertise or experience in teaching “critical thinking” skills or any other topic relevant to secular education.
… it would have taken only a cursory glance at Creation Today’s website to verify its evangelical religious agenda. It is difficult for us to understand how this presentation could have been approved. Your community undoubtedly includes many people who have professional experience, training, and/or degrees and would be delighted, usually at no cost to the District, to discuss “critical thinking” with students interested in debate, and whose presence would not violate clear constitutional dictates.
Can’t wait to hear the district’s defense. I would be shocked to hear anything other than, “Sorry, we screwed up and it won’t happen again.”