Too many students reject the theory of evolution because they view it as incompatible with their religious beliefs. Some have argued that abandoning religious belief is the only way to help religious individuals accept evolution. Conversely, our data support that highlighting faith/evolution compatibility is an effective means to increase student acceptance.
If you tried this in a state-supported school, would it violate the first amendment?
At the high school level yes, but at the college level it would be fine.
What’s your basis for that distinction?
Seeing as you can find actual courses and even programs in religion at many state universities, I doubt it. Probably moot anyways. Generally, universities could not care less about your crisis of faith.
Not good evidence. We’re talking about teaching theology in a science class, right?
age of the students. Children in a public school must be taught according to the state approved curriculum which is required to be neutral on religion. Adults at a secular university have no such restrictions and neither does the university or professors. For example Behe at Lehigh.
Ah, so it isn’t the age of the student. It’s the restrictions on curricula. But that isn’t a first amendment issue at all. Can Behe teach ID at Lehigh? Is Lehigh a public university?