Students in a biology class at Atlanta’s Grady High School were shown a PowerPoint presentation that linked evolution to Satan, abortion, divorce, racism, and homosexuality. Their teacher, Anquinette Jones, used the presentation to teach her students the theory of evolution.
According to The Grady High student paper, Jones’ slideshow showed creationism and evolution as two sides in a war between good and evil. Creationism is shown to be from Christ, while evolution is from Satan. Jones pointed out that evolution was the main force behind euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, abortion, divorce, and racism.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted the PowerPoint presentation also includes “grammatical errors and odd illustrations including a photo of Octomom,” along with the creationism picture.
Jones told the Southerner that the PowerPoint presentation originated with the Atlanta Public Schools system. But students told the paper that Jones had brought up creationism and criticized evolution in her biology class before.
“She always had random comments about [creationism],” student Lily Soto told the Southerner. “If someone would ask if we were going to learn evolution, she was like, ‘No, I don’t teach that.’”
“[I] have gay parents, and [the cartoon] said that evolution caused homosexuality and it implied that to be negative, so I was pretty offended by it,” another student, Seraphina Cooley, said.
Parents of students at the school also said they were upset by the presentation.
“I was offended, but more shocked and disturbed that a teacher in [APS] could get away with putting that in a classroom,” Robin Rosen told the Southerner. “Offended is probably the wrong word at this point; it is very troubling to me that a teacher who is in a position of influence over children in a public school can put something up [like the cartoon].”
School officials told Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “the science lesson plan was not properly vetted” and was immediately removed after being reviewed.
The illustration appears to have been created by Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham, who operates a creationist museum in Kentucky.
The Georgia Department of Education director of communications Matt Cardoza said that creationism is not included in the state curriculum standards for biology and the Supreme Court determined that the state cannot require the teaching of creationism.