The ACLU has a recent blog post up entitled Creationism Follies: The 2012-2013 Edition. And wouldn’t you know it … Florida is on the list.
A biology teacher at A. Crawford Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, Florida, screened Creation Science Evangelism videos during an evolution lesson. The organization claims to be the “leading Christian-apologetics ministry, defending the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account from the theory of evolution” and its videos purport to debunk evolution and suggest that evolution may not “be part of science.” The ACLU of Florida promptly notified the school district that the Constitution prohibits public schools from promoting religious beliefs about the origin of life and we are continuing to investigate the matter.
Here is the letter the Greater Bay Area Chapter of the ACLU in Panama City sent the school: ACLU Letter to Crawford Mosley High School. A quote from the letter:
Chris Martello teaches tenth grade biology at A. Crawford Mosley High School. As part of his instruction on evolution, he presents a critique of it. During class he has shown to the students videos by Creation Science Evangelism, including “Creation Minute Episode 4: Six Types of Evolution,” which suggests that evolution may not be “part of science.” Such promotion of creationism in the public schools, whether directly or under the guise of academic freedom or presentation of “alternative” theories, is unlawful.
The video can be viewed at the link embedded above. It features Eric Hovind trying to tell us that evolution is not science. If that is really being shown in a public school classroom, the teacher deserves to be fired because it’s obvious that the teacher doesn’t even know what science is. I can’t find much on Martello through basic web searches other than he appears to be a sports coach at the school. The ACLU has made a public records request for all of the school’s biology teachers’ evolution-related materials (lesson plans, tests, etc.). That should be interesting to see.
Creation Science Evangelism is based in Pensacola and was founded by Kent “Dr. Dino” Hovind in the early 1990’s. He was found guilty of not paying taxes and was sentenced to prison. His son, Eric, carries on his father’s legacy.