"A federal judge in Topeka, Kansas threw out a suit by creationists that alleged that teaching evolution in schools amounts to an endorsement of atheism as a religion.
According to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said that creationist pressure group Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE)’s lawsuit against the state of Kansas is without merit and dismissed it.
School districts in 26 states, including Kansas, are adopting a standardized science curriculum known as Next Generation Science Standards. Educators are attempting to close the gap between the U.S. and other developed nations in students’ knowledge of math and science.
The Next Generation Science Standards program teaches that species on Earth differentiated and developed through the process of evolution.
Creationists like COPE claim that to mandate the teaching of evolution to students constitutes an endorsement of atheism as a religion. In filing their lawsuit in Kansas, the group hoped to halt the implementation of the science program."