In a letter sent to schools last week, President Obama explained that longtime bans on Creationism in public schools violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Title VII specifically prohibits among other things employer discrimination on the basis of religion and demands that employers give proper accommodation for religious beliefs.
"While until five minutes ago no one considered Title VII applicable to teaching Creationism, we realize that laws are not set in stone and in fact need to develop — but definitely not evolve — with the times," read the letter.
"Therefore, all government schools must teach Creationism or Intelligent Design as part of their science curriculum or else they will be in violation of the Civil Rights Act. With my royal seal imprinted, I have so decreed it."
In an interview with Not Two Sides Feed on Monday, Obama explained that the directive was necessary to make a safe environment for students who self-identify as Creationists.
"Anybody who's been in school, been in high school, who's been a parent, I think should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority — kids who take the Genesis account literally — are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially they are vulnerable," said Obama.
"I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly, and our kids are all loved, and that they're protected and that their dignity is affirmed," he added.
In the past, Obama has hinted at his views on the origins debate and the possible willingness to defend young people who belong to the Intelligent Design or Creationism communities.
"I've said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days as we understand it, it may not be 24-hour days, and that's what I believe," said then Senator Obama in 2008.
"My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live — that is essentially true, that is fundamentally true."
Many leaders in the scientific community feel betrayed by the administration and have taken to social media to denounce the directive.
"I never thought I would see the day that a president would be a creationist," stated one Twitter activist who might have been sleeping during the Bush administration.
"We've been sent back to the Dark Ages!" tweeted Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, "the sooner Bernie Jesus Christ Sanders becomes president the better."
Liberal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has already banned all nonessential state travel to public schools until the directive is overturned.
"New York prides itself on supporting evolution and therefore I cannot condone state employees going to public schools until this is reversed," declared Cuomo.
"It is despicable that a commander-in-chief thinks that he can overrule local school districts and state standards on education and expect to be applauded!"
Meanwhile, groups like Answers in Genesis have found themselves inundated with orders for their DVDs and literature. Ken Ham, president of the group, explained that their Creation Museum has been completely booked for school field trips for the next ten years.
"I was just as surprised as everyone else at the president's directive," said Australian Abraham Lincoln. "I told you it was an exciting time to be a Christian and you didn't believe me. Betcha regret that now, dontcha?"
When asked about the controversial directive by the press corps, a White House Spokesperson shrugged and simply replied, "come on now, its not like this is the first time we've ignored biology."
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