COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina state senator who has supported the critiquing of evolution in public schools says Christianity is being systematically outlawed from public schools and replaced with Darwinism.
Mike Fair represents Senate District 6 in South Carolina and is a member of the state’s Education Oversight Committee. As previously reported, Fair objected to evolution-supporting terminology in proposed science education standards in February. Then, in May, he championed an education policy that would allow students in public schools to learn arguments both for and against evolution.
Despite opposition from evolutionists, Fair is not shying away from the creation/evolution controversy. In a column published on Saturday by The Post and Courier, Fair explained his stance on evolution, arguing that courts have placed an unconstitutional “stranglehold” on the search for scientific truth.
“The ‘truth’ must conform to Darwinism, or it is not allowed,” he alleged. “I don’t suppose it matters what your eyes see or your mind tells you.”
Anything other than atheistic evolutionism, Fair noted, is quickly censured from government schools.
“Making inferences to the best factual information is not allowed if it points to a religion other than atheism,” he wrote. “Consideration that the fine tuning of our galaxy is a miracle (or made that way) is a discussion that is not allowed.”
Referring to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Fair suggested that recent court cases have misconstrued the meaning of the Establishment Clause.
“The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution proclaims: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’” he stated. “It means what it says.”
According to Fair, the religious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment have been increasingly compromised by recent court cases.
“The majority of our Founding Fathers promoted the Christian faith as individuals but agreed the government would not establish a state faith funded by taxpayers,” Fair reasoned. “However, over time, the courts have come to determine what the words in the Constitution mean. Every set of Supreme Court Justices gives us a new set of ‘founders.’”
“I believe the principles established by the Founders are being removed from the public square by a series of narrow decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court,” he continued. “I am bothered that the Supreme Court has changed the Constitution by a series of 5-4 votes clearly outside the methods duly established to properly change our Constitution.”
Fair then cites several undesirable results of Supreme Court rulings, including the banning of prayer from many public places, the promoting of Darwinism in public schools, and the exclusion of many facts that point to an intelligent designer.
“It is hard for me to believe that intelligence has been ruled unconstitutional in the public schools,” he stated.
Fair contends that judges who rule against religious freedom are circumventing the governmental system established by the U.S. Constitution.
“We have a well-defined process to amend our Constitution that guarantees extensive debate,” he wrote, “but many of the principles held dear by Americans are being cast aside by judicial activism.”
Fair says the evolution/creation debate is of utmost importance, because a belief in God is the foundation for morality.
“Why should a young person care about character if he is just a random conglomeration of particles?” Fair asked.
On the contrary, Christianity offers a logical basis for both morality and science.
“Christianity and science do not conflict,” he asserted. “Christianity and make-believe do conflict.”