What always interests me about defenders of creationism is how they clearly don’t think of children as people in their own right, but instead property that you use to enact your ideological obsessions. Teaching kids creationism is bad for them. In fact, Kopplin’s campaign is primarily built around the argument that if all children have a right to a publicly funded education, we are failing to honor their rights by giving them a bunch of Christian nonsense instead of a proper science education. Replacing biology with creationism is likely to cut off many otherwise bright students from a career in science, and can limit the colleges they go to.
On this blog, a lot of time is spent investigating patriarchal attitudes about women’s roles, and how in a patriarchy women are expected to be a servant class to cater to men and not people in their own right. In this system, children face a similar kind of oppression. As women are believed to be the servants of men, children are believed to be extensions of the father, and to display utter fealty to his way of thinking so he can demonstrate his power to other men. That’s why conservatives are so hostile to public education. The children are to believe what Daddy believes, no matter how silly Daddy’s beliefs, and if that requires censoring the truth and going out of your way to hide it from children, so be it. The rights of children to have an education will always bend in this worldview to the rights of the conservative Christian father to control the brain space of his kids.