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Highlights of Rod LeVake's Brief Career Teaching Biology

He was questioned about how he intended to teach evolution and eventually asked to write a position paper.

The Position Paper (Rod LeVake's synopsis of how he intended to handle evolution)

Life's complexity and the fossil record do not support the theory of macroevolution or biochemical evolution.
"...I will accompany that treatment of evolution with an honest look at the difficulties and inconsistencies of the theory without turning my class into a religious one."

June 23, 2000
Summary judgment granted.
(No trial, School's ruling allowed to stand uncontested.)

"Plaintiff in the instant case has no constitutional right to teach his proposed criticisms of evolutionary theory, though they may be scientifically meritorious."

Rodney LeVake vs ISD #656, Court file CX - 99 - 793

May 8, 2001
Appeal rejected ~ MN Court of Appeals

"..the established curriculum and LeVake's responsibility as a public school teacher to teach evolution in the manner prescribed by the curriculum, overrides his first amendment rights as a private citizen."

Minnesota Court of Appeals: Rodney LeVake vs ISD #656, Case file C8 - 00 - 1613

Pertinent Statements By Evolutionists

Richard Dawkins states " biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose."

From "Blind Watchmaker" (New York WW Norton, 1996) p1., Quoted in Phillip Johnson's book "The Wedge of Truth" p153.

Sir Francis Crick adds " biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved."

From Crick's book "What Mad Pursuit", New York, BasicBooks 1988, p138, quoted in Phillip Johnson's book "The Wedge of Truth" p153.

Richard Lewontin writes, "that we are forced...to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive…
Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."

From Phillip Johnson's book "Defeating Darwinism" page 81, quoted from the New York times, Review of Books, Jan 9, 1997 p28,31.

Atheist Frank Zindler:

"The most devastating thing though, that biology did to Christianity was the discovery of biological evolution.
Now that we know Adam and Eve never were real people,
the central myth of Christianity is destroyed…..

"If there never was an Adam and Eve,
there never was an original sin.
If there never was an original sin,
there is no need of salvation.
If there is no need of salvation,
there is no need of a savior…"

Taken from a debate with William Craig, "Atheism vs Christianity," Zondervan 1996. This is also found in Creation Ex Nihilo 20(1):32 Dec 97 - Feb 98.

The Santorum Amendment to the 2001 Education Bill
Which deals with this very issue although opponents claim that that conference committee report in which the crucial statements appear does not have the force of law. Proponents state that this always has the force of law because it is the guide to interpretation of the Bill.

2001 Education Bill "No Child Left Behind" Santorum Amendment

"The Conferees recognize that a quality science education should prepare students to distinguish the data and testable theories of science from religious or philosophical claims that are made in the name of science.

Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics may generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society."

See "Heresy Trials: Is a vocal Christian inherently unqualified to teach biology? Some public-school officials in Minnesota think so"
By Candi Cushman