Creationism has been at war with science since 1859, when Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species" and gave the world the theory of evolution. The idea that human beings were not specially created by God in his image, as the Bible asserts, but evolved helter-skelter from lower organisms without a divine plan, as Darwinists say, has proved a bitter pill for many people to swallow. So bitter, in fact, that they have strongly resisted it and have repeatedly tried to prevent schools from teaching the facts instead of the myths.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled conclusively and eloquently that creationism is religion, not science, and that mandating that creationism be taught in public schools is tantamount to the establishment of religion, which is prohibited by the First Amendment. The court brushed aside the creationists' attempts to dress up theology as fact. Justice William J. Brennan Jr., writing for the 7-2 majority, correctly found that the goal of the Louisiana law requiring equal time for creationism "was to restructure the science curriculum to conform with a particular religious viewpoint."
Supporters of the law said that the academic freedom of teachers was at stake. Balderdash, Brennan said. The law "has the distinctly different purpose of discrediting evolution by counter balancing its teaching at every turn with the teaching of creation science."