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Louisiana Bills Could End Objective Discussions of Creation vs. Evolution in Public Schools

  // Monday, 17 March 2014 08:01 //

Louisiana Capitol BuildingBATON ROUGE – Lawmakers in Louisiana will soon decide whether or not to repeal two laws which allow balanced discussions of the creation/evolution debate in public schools.

Last week, Senate Bill 70 (SB70) was introduced to the Louisiana Senate by Senator Dan Claitor. SB70 calls for the repeal of the Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act—a 1981 law which allows both creation and evolution to be taught in public schools.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Balanced Treatment Act in 1987, saying the law unconstitutionally advances a “religious viewpoint.” However, despite the court ruling, the act has remained on the state books as an unenforceable law.

Last year, Claitor submitted a similar measure in the state senate to repeal the Balanced Treatment Act.

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