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Committed creationist Bruce Matson, 56, claims there is so much “solid scientific evidence” which disproves that mankind evolved from apes in his new book From Goo To God. But America’s National Common Core Curriculum for Science only allows evolutionary concepts to be taught and discussed in classrooms.
This infuriated him because it forbade him from even raising the idea of alternatives to Darwin’s theory.
But he claims the furthest he could go was to tell his students at Elm River Township school in Michigan that Darwin’s theory is not indisputable fact.
Despite continuing to teach evolution in the classroom, Mr Matson wrote a book which argues the view that mankind was created by God.
He told Express.co.uk: “As an elementary teacher, I’m used to talking science with kids. But every time they asked about evolution, I held back my opinions since I had a curriculum to follow.
“I felt like I was promoting a lie to them and holding back precious knowledge. This drove me to research deeper into the subject and write about it. Out of my frustrations in teaching, led to the creation of my book.
“As a teacher of 30 years, I am expected to teach the state approved core curriculum, including evolution.
“At times, concepts are discussed that I know are easily disprovable, but I know it’s not my place to interject my own personal beliefs or contrary evidence.
“So I make sure to include mentioning that evolution is a theory and sometimes theories are disproven as other explanations and scientific evidence arise. It does break my heart though, even leading me to anger, when I see susceptible children believing what I know is easily proven false.
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“This deception is one of the main reasons I wrote my book. People deserve to know the truth, but our education system is a one-sided indoctrination machine for the evolutionary cause.
“When I first told family and friends about writing my book, some of them were immediately concerned about how it could affect my job and long-term employment. It’s sad when people know there could be a hostile reaction to a science-based book that reaffirms my rights to freedom of speech and religious thought.
“To be completely up front, I sent a copy to each school board member, and fortunately, none of them voiced any concerns. Likewise, feedback from my family and friends has been positive.
“Even friends who don’t share my faith, respect that anything I do is well thought out and thorough. All I want is for people to be open-minded to the facts I present, then maybe the truth will change some hearts and minds.
“As I near retirement, I am compelled to reach as many people as possible in dispelling the myth of evolution and introducing people to their creator and his creation.”
Mr Matson published his book in 2019 – six years after his faith was reignited when he was diagnosed with stage four cancer.
The non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had spread throughout every lymph node in his body and into his bone marrow.
Doctors said it might not be treatable but Mr Matson felt his faith, which had lapsed when he was 18, suddenly coming back to him.
He explained: “Once I got into college I stopped attending except for special events like weddings and funerals. I still believed in God, but I got caught up with the things of this world and didn’t put a priority on my faith unless I wanted something to come out my way.
“At age 49, when I was diagnosed with stage four cancer, I began to reflect on my life and came to the realisation that most of my accomplishments couldn’t have possibly happened from my efforts only.
“Now, I could see the hand of God on my life. The Lord was with me all along and I didn’t even recognise Him. But at the very moment of receiving my diagnosis, I felt an overwhelming calm and confidence that I’m going to be okay and God’s got this.
“My latent faith came pouring out and I knew I would never go back to the old, self-reliant, willfully proud person I used to be. I had abandoned God, but He didn’t abandon me.”
Mr Matson later endured 13 rounds of chemotherapy before the cancer was defeated and he went back to the classroom.
He explained: “At the most critical moment in my life, God made His presence known to me and used this wake-up call to lead me to my divine purpose.
“I never thought I’d write a book, and I never thought I’d make a public proclamation of my faith to the world. Most importantly, many don’t live to share the story about how overcoming cancer changed their life for the better.
“So do I believe my faith saved me, yes. So it’s my mission from this point forward to help as many people as possible come to know their Creator and His peace, joy, purpose, and love.”
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