I am a student at Liberty University working towards my masters in professional counseling. My school requires all undergraduate students to take a class in creation studies to teach them how to properly defend a Biblical worldview regardless of their course of study. Including those not living on campus, Liberty is the largest Christian school with over 60,000 students and actually offers a minor in creation studies.
So why is the study of creation so important to say a law student? According to Liberty University Law school dean Matthew Staver, evolution has permeated everything.
“Instead of the previously accepted practice of basing arguments on the original source, the U.S. Constitution, now lawyers instead use case studies that build upon each other and ‘evolve’ over time.” Source
This is evident in the modern understanding of separation of church and state. In 1947, the Supreme Court stated, “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.” The phrase is taken from a letter from President Thomas Jefferson to the Baptist Association of Connecticut. Jefferson used the phrase to ensure that the government will never infringe upon their freedom to worship freely. The 1st Amendment simply reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” If there shall be no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion then why can’t we pray in schools? Why can’t we have 10 Commandments in courthouses? Congressional and military chaplains now must submit their written prayers for government approval before being read. In 1995, U.S. district judge Samuel Kent declared that any student using the name of Jesus during a prayer at a high school graduation in Texas would be arrested adding: “Anyone who violates these orders…is going to wish that he or she died as a child when this court get through.” Free exercise doesn’t exist anymore. The separation of church and state is not supposed to hinder religious expression; it’s supposed to protect it. The last 50 years have been an increasingly slippery slope, and I fear for our country’s future. The incessant trying to not offend anyone is offending me and our history.
This is a blatant example of the doctrines of evolution affecting the original intent of the founders of this nation. The original intent was that the government would have no say whatsoever in expression of religion, private or public. We live now in the exact opposite. The government is constantly policing our religious “freedom”.