Christian School Comes Under Attack for Teaching Creationism

Blue Ridge Christian Academy - Dr. Ken HamAnswers in Genesis Offers Assistance

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Christian News Service) An Atheist group recently attacked a small Christian school near Greenville, South Carolina for teaching on creationism. What the Atheist group intended for harm, however, actually gave new life to the struggling school in South Carolina.

Students, parents and faculty were informed in March that it was likely Blue Ridge Christian Academya private K4-12 school in Landrum, would close its doors May 31 due to financial insolvency. As a result of an Atheist group posting a photo of a Quiz on Creation given to a 4th grade class on its website, unexpected financial donations flooded the school from all parts of the world. Apparently, the post created massive media attention and attracted sympathetic donors.

"The media attention has brought awareness of the school reaching from the upstate of South Carolina, throughout the U.S. and into over 70 countries around the world. Donations have been given ranging in amounts from $1 - $1,000," the school said in a recent news release. 

Dr. Ken Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis and Creation Museum, reached out to the school when he learned the quiz was used from Answers in Genesis curriculum. Ham co-wrote an article with Mark Looy, COO of Answers in Genesis, that appeared as the lead article on the groups website that also gave a boost to the schools cause.

“The Atheists are becoming very aggressive in this culture and becoming very anti-Christian,” Ham said. “They really went after this school in a vicious and vile way. It is incredible to see the reaction to this science quiz that was given to eight students. Of course, the Atheist got upset because the teacher taught biblical creation.”

Items on the “True or False” quiz included questions like “The earth is billions of years old,” “Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago” and “God made dinosaurs on the sixth day?” 

The academy is working to raise $200,000 in order to maintain a budget that allows the school to move forward into the 2013-14 school year.

Ham said what Atheists are really advocating is parents shouldn’t be allowed to determine what their children are taught.

“Others like them, these intolerant Atheists, should be the ones to teach the kids and tell them what to believe,” Ham said.

Academy officials claim the school does not receive tax vouchers from the government and that approximately 45 percent of students receive financial aid. Private donors fund their scholarships.

“It is unmistakable that our culture greatly needs well-equipped warriors for Christ.  Even though the attack on the school was meant to be harmful, God has used it to provide affirmation regarding the importance of our work,” said Diana Baker, administrator at BRCA. “We are hopeful that the recent unexpected interest in our school and in Christian Education will provide support for a future for BRCA.”

The school has not determined if it has raised enough money to stay open.