The Clergy Letter Project Endorses SB 70 to Repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act
The Clergy Letter Project, an international organization composed of more than 14,000 religious leaders and scientists from around the globe, enthusiastically endorsesLouisiana SB 70. This bill, introduced by Senator Karen Carter Peterson, would repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act originally passed in 2008.
The Louisiana Science Education Act undermines high quality science education across the state of Louisiana by promoting various forms of creationism. Students in Louisiana, like students all across the globe, deserve to be taught the very best science has to offer. Science should not be tainted by religious indoctrination by those who work to spread their particular views in inappropriate ways in inappropriate places.
The members of The Clergy Letter Project recognize that evolution is as well supported a scientific theory as any. Members recognize that a robust understanding of evolution is essential for scientific sense to be made about the natural world. And members of The Clergy Letter Project understand that nothing about the theory of evolution diminishes their faith. As the concluding sentence of The Christian Clergy Letter says, “We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.”
The Clergy Letter Project also offers high praise for Senator Peterson for introducing this important legislation as well as the Louisiana Coalition for Science and Zack Kopplin, a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, for spearheading the repeal initiative.