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Creationism (general)
Journal Article
06.08.2017

The Rise and Fall of the Louisiana Creationism Law

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LOUISIANA CREATIONISM LAW

Part 1: A Bold Trick

by WILLIAM J. BENNETTA

[Republished, with the kind permission of the author and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, from the July/August 1988 issue of the museum’s magazine Terra, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 20–22, 24–27.]

Creationism is a political arm of fundamentalism. The creationists seek to impose onto the population at large, by political means, a body of religious beliefs derived from literal readings of the King James version of the Holy Bible

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Creationism (general)
Bill
03.21.2016

Louisiana, 2008 - HB 1168

State: Louisiana Date introduced: April 21, 2008 Main sponsor: Rep. Frank Hoffmann Bill Number: HB 1168 Bill Title: Louisiana Academic Freedom Act Current Status: No committee action before legislative session ended

The House version of SB 561, later superseded by SB 733, which became law.

Text of House Bill 1168 as introduced. HOUSE BILL NO. 1168 BY REPRESENTATIVE HOFFMANN TEACHERS: Provides for the La. Academic Freedom Act AN ACT To enact R.S. 17:2118, relative to public elementary and secondary schools; to provide that no public elementary or

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Creationism (general)
Bill
03.21.2016

Louisiana, 2008 - SB 561, SB 733

The first such bill to become law, and the first to merge in Ouachita Parish language, including references to "global warming" and "human cloning."

Text of Senate Bill 561 as introduced.

ORIGINAL Regular Session, 2008 SENATE BILL NO. 561 BY SENATOR NEVERS

TEACHERS. Provides for the Louisiana Academic Freedom Act. (gov. sig.)

AN ACT To enact R.S. 17:2118, relative to public elementary and secondary schools; to provide that no public elementary or secondary school governing authority, superintendent, administrator, or principal shall prohibit any teacher from

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Legal Cases
Legal Case
01.22.2016

Lane v. Sabine Parish School Board

A sixth-grade teacher's advocacy of creationism is at the center of the complaint in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on January 22, 2014. {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C} The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana on behalf of Scott Lane, Sharon Lane, and their three children, including their son, C. C., a Buddhist of Thai heritage. Documents from the case, Lane et al. v. Sabine Parish School Board et al., are

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Endorsement
12.16.2015

Louisiana Academy of Sciences (2006)

Whereas the stated goal of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences is to encourage research in the sciences and disseminate scientific knowledge, and

Whereas such pursuits are based on the scientific method requiring the testing of hypotheses before their inclusion in the body of scientific knowledge, and

Whereas organic evolution is amenable to repeated observation and testing, and

Whereas the ideas of Intelligent Design are not amenable to verification by observation and experimentation, and

Whereas the Academy respects and supports the right of

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Endorsement
12.16.2015

Louisiana Academy of Sciences (1982)

Whereas the stated goal of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences is to encourage research in the sciences and disseminate scientific knowledge, and

Whereas such pursuits are based on the scientific method requiring the testing of hypotheses before their inclusion in the body of scientific knowledge, and

Whereas organic evolution is amenable to repeated observation and testing, and

Whereas the ideas of creation are not amenable to verification by observation and experimentation, and

Whereas the Academy

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Endorsement
12.16.2015

New Orleans Geological Society

The New Orleans Geological Society, an organization of professional earth scientists, takes the position that science classes in Louisiana public schools should teach scientifically accurate and scientifically relevant material. The Society, therefore, disagrees with Louisiana Act 685 of 1981, the law for "Balanced Treatment of CreationScience and EvolutionScience in Public School Instruction."

"Science" generally is defined as the systematic study of the activities of nature by accumulation of evidence that allows people to understand natural processes. A scientific theory is

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Endorsement
12.16.2015

Sigma Xi, Louisiana State University Chapter

The LSU Chapter of Sigma Xi urges the reconsideration and repeal of the "Balanced Treatment for CreationScience and EvolutionScience Act" which in 1981 became part of Louisiana law.

The current science curriculum is the result of numerous discoveries and critical studies by scientists over many decades. The scientific process affords equal treatment to every theory by requiring it to face the evidence successfully before it becomes part of the science curriculum. The theory called "creation science" cannot successfully face the evidence. The Act constitutes intervention by the

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Endorsement
12.16.2015

The Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science *

The Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science comprises a community of students, professors, and researchers of natural history. As members of the worldwide scientific community, we use the theory of evolution and other scientific principles to study the natural world.

Evolutionary theory has greatly enhanced progress in the fields of medicine, anatomy, archaeology, biology, biochemistry, geology, neuroscience and many other disciplines. Without an understanding of evolutionary biology, our perception of the natural world would be greatly diminished.

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