Argument: Public opinion is unimportant to whether creationism belongs in science classes

Issue Report: Creationism vs evolution in schools


Neither science nor fundamental rights are subject to majority vote. As Michael Shermer wrote in Scientific American ‘. . . truth in science is not determined democratically. It does not matter what percentage of the public believes a theory. It must stand or fall on the evidence, and there are few theories in science that are more robust than the theory of evolution.’6 And as the Supreme Court recently ruled in Santa Fe v. Doe: ‘Fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.’7 Thus, the right to be free from a government which endorses and teaches religion is not a matter subject to the majority.”