Kenneth Smith, who is representing himself, filed the four-page federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia against the Jefferson County Board of Education, state Superintendent Michael Martirano, National Institute of Health director Francis Collins, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education. Smith is outraged that the school his daughter attends requires students to learn about evolution, which he says infringes on her religious liberty and prevents her from becoming a veterinarian.
Smith is the author of the book, The True Origins of Man, a book that apparently, "represents the truth of man's origins confirmed by D.N.A. mathematical and scientific facts."
The National Center for Science Education, a group dedicated towards protecting the teaching of evolution and climate change, pointed out multiple court decisions that go against Smith's argument. For example, the 1982 McLean v. Arkansas case came to the opinion that "it is clearly established in the case law, and perhaps also in common sense, that evolution is not a religion and that teaching evolution does not violate the Establishment Clause". #evolution
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