JEFFERSON COUNTY, Va. — A man in West Virginia has filed a lawsuit against local, state and federal education officials after his daughter was taught about evolution in school, which he refers to as “the propagation of religious faith.”
According to the complaint, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Kenneth Smith states that he believes it is damaging for his daughter to be taught evolution.
“Their actions during the 2014-2015 school year affects my child’s future directly through the state grading system to enter college and the ability to earn economic security and a good job in her chosen veterinarian medical field of work, by being taught a faith (evolutionary ideology) that just doesn’t exist and has no math to back it,” he wrote.
Smith states that the teaching presents a violation of the Establishment Clause to the United States Constitution and calls upon the federal court to examine any infringements of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
“They refused to cease their violations clearly described in plaintiff’s exhausted administrative remedies, while denying the plaintiff’s accurate scientific mathematical system of genetic variations that proves evolution is a religion,” he wrote. “It will benefit our government economically and efficiently increase our judicial and law enforcement departments in many ways.”
Smith is therefore asking for a trial by jury to declare the teaching of evolution as running afoul of the founding documents.
“Wherefore, the foregoing reasons bring complainant, an accurate genetic independent investigator to seek equitable justice, by humbly moving the court to declare the policy of evolution as to be violating of United States Constitutional amendments,” the complaint concludes.
Defendants cited include the Jefferson County Board of Education, state Superintendent Michael Martirano, National Institute of Health director Francis Collins and the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Smith is reportedly the author of the self-published 2013 book “The True Origin of Man”, which touts the “the ultimate discovery” of “the truth of mans’ origins confirmed by DNA mathematical and scientific facts.” He states in a promotional video that the book has appeal to both Christian and scientific audiences.
“Kenneth Smith, after gaining his science degree, has spent many years thereafter studying theology and made the ultimate discovery through D.N.A. fact and accurate mathematical computations that can be reproduced in any laboratory—ultimately confirming the existence of the human genetic normal species, which spawned all variations of human genomes,” an outline of the book reads on Amazon.
Within the past two days, upon reports that Smith had filed the lawsuit, evolution supporters have since bombarded Smith’s Amazon and YouTube pages with negative reviews, calling him a “delusional nutcase” who “printed his degree on toilet paper.”
Smith appears to assert in his book that Adam and Eve were “pure white” in their appearance—skin and hair—because they were made in the image of God. Some have taken offense at the theory as a racist notion. Smith himself is African American.