W. Va. Lawsuit Claims Evolution Is Religious Doctrine

A West Virginia man is suing state and federal government bodies over the teaching of evolution in public schools. Kenneth Smith’s lawsuit names the Jefferson County Board of Education, the state school superintendent, the director of the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as plaintiffs; it argues that his daughter will not be accepted to veterinary school because her schools teach evolution as fact.

According to Smith, evolution is a religion, and the teaching of it violates his religious-freedom rights. His lawsuit, which was published in full by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), claims that officials have “fostered the propagation of religious faith in our West Virginia school machinery and government at large.”

Smith characterizes “evolutionary ideology” as a “faith base that just doesn’t exist and has no math to back it.” He also claims that the school unfairly rejected his “accurate scientific mathematical system” that allegedly proves that evolution is a religion. He concludes by asking the court to rule that teaching evolution in public schools violates the Constitution.

NCSE reports that Smith is the author of The True Origin Of Man, a religious book that allegedly “represents the truth of mans [sic] origins confirmed by DNA mathematical and scientific facts.”

The case is Smith v. Jefferson County Board of Education et al.