Legislation Filed to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law

Legislation Filed to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law

On Friday, April 15th, Senator Karen Carter Peterson introduced SB 70, which would repeal the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), Louisiana’s creationism law.  Enacted in 2008, the LSEA is stealth legislation that allows the unconstitutional and unscientific teaching of creationism into public school science classrooms.

“Louisiana’s top priority must be to educate our children so they can compete for the high-paying jobs that we want to create in Louisiana,” said Senator Peterson.  “Louisiana’s ‘job killing’ creationism law undermines our education system and drives science and technology based companies away from Louisiana.”

The true intent of the LSEA is clear.  The Livingston Parish School Board has taken steps to make creationism part of their curriculum in response to the LSEA passing and, according to Tangipahoa Parish School Board’s March 15, 2011 minutes (P. 69), they are also exploring using this law to teach creationism in their public school system.

Senator Peterson introduced the bill at the request of the Louisiana Coalition for Science and high school senior, Zack Kopplin, who together launched a campaign to repeal the LSEA last summer.

“Louisiana public school students deserve to be taught accurate and evidence based science which will prepare them to take competitive jobs,” said Zack Kopplin.  “When you look up creationism on CareerBuilder.com and other job sites, you find zero creationist jobs.  That’s right, there are zero creationist jobs.”

The LSEA’s repeal has been endorsed by the National Association of Biology Teachers and also the Louisiana Association of Biology Educators

The LSEA ”employs code language like ‘critical thinking’ and ‘teaching the alternatives’ in order to pretend to be promoting something noble,” wrote Zack Kopplin in the Huffington Post earlier this year.  “But creative language doesn’t change the fact that they are simply pushing their religious agenda into the science classroom.”

For more information, please contact repealcreationism@gmail.com or call Zack Kopplin at 225-715-5946.

Reasons to Repeal

  • The young people of Louisiana deserve the best possible scientific education. Creationism is not science, and teaching it as science leaves our students at a disadvantage when competing for jobs in the global economy. (http://ncse.com/evolution/why-teach-evolution)
  • The teaching of Evolution is sound science and is also compatible with religious faith, a position that is supported by all mainline religious denominations.  (http://ncse.com/media/voices/religion)
  • The Louisiana Science Education Act costs jobs. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology cancelled its 2011 convention in New Orleans to protest this law  (http://www.sicb.org/resources/LouisianaLetterJindal.pdf).  How many others will do the same?  How many businesses will locate elsewhere because they want well trained scientists?  How many researchers will take their talents elsewhere or never come to Louisiana because of this anti-science law?
  • The bill is already producing its intended result. The Livingston Parish School Board is taking steps to act on the legislation’s goals. According to an account in the July 24, 2010, Baton Rouge Advocate, board member David Tate said: “We let them teach evolution to our children, but I think all of us sitting up here on this School Board believe in Creationism. Why can’t we get someone with religious beliefs to teach Creationism?”  Fellow board member Clint Mitchell responded, “I agree … Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom.” (http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/99153999.html)
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    11 Responses to Legislation Filed to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law

    1. Pingback: Legislation to repeal Louisiana Creationism Law – Zack Kopplin – Press release | Hating God - With due respect and all

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    4. Jack Barger says:

      Teach Science in schools & religion in churchs. No wonder the United States is falling lower & lower on the quality of its students.
      There is a time & place for everything, but creationism in classrooms isn’t teaching anybody anything.

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    7. Peter says:

      Religion is based on faith and not on fact. Evolution is fact. Don’t they teach this difference in the USA??

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    9. Jack says:

      They don’t even really want to teach “alternatives.” They want only one alternative. Forgot (and never, ever mention) the other hundred creation myths that various world cultures have created. You have to teach them all if you want to teach about alternativeS.

    10. Just saying says:

      That kid must be retarded. His argument is about a career Builder search? Guess how many jobs you get when you type in evolutionists. ZERO. that’s right, there are zero evolutionists jobs. well DUH, when you type in a belief don’t expect a job to pop up. Doesn’t matter what you teach these kids, half of them will fail the test over it anyway so what’s the difference.

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