Following an April 28th rally at the Louisiana State Capitol announcing support from over 40 Nobel Laureates, the effort to repeal Louisiana’s creationism act has been surging.
- Last week the New Orleans City Council Council voted unanimously to endorse the repeal bill, SB 70, by Senator Karen Carter Peterson.
- And this week, the repeal effort is Change.Org’s featured petition, having already garnered 55,000 signatures.
- The repeal also has been endorsed by The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest general science organization in the world with over 10 million members.
- The repeal has also been endorsed by The Clergy Letter Project, an organization of over 13,000 clergy members who affirm their support for teaching evolution.
- The repeal was called “remarkable” by the Joint Baptist Committee, and also gained support from Rev. Welton Gaddy, a Baptist minister from Monroe, Louisiana who is President of the Interfaith Alliance.
- Seven more prominent scientists have endorsed the repeal (including Dr. Francisco Ayala, and John Sulston, the 43rd Nobel Laureate) and Paul Gross and Lawrence Lerner issued statements in support of the repeal.
- The repeal also has support from the education community in Louisiana and across the country. The repeal has been endorsed by The Louisiana Science Teachers Association, The Louisiana Association of Biology Educators, and The National Association of Biology Teachers.
On May, 5, the City of New Orleans overwhelmingly endorsed Senator Peterson’s SB 70 to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. The New Orleans City Council voted 6-0 in favor of the repeal. The Council members’ strongly supported the repeal (Watch here at 2:58, Item 60).
Hundreds of students and professors from around the state have signed petitions and resolutions in support of the repeal.
Other national science organization who have endorsed the repeal include:
- The American Institute for Biological Sciences
- The American Society for Cell Biology
- Society for the Study of Evolution, cosigned by Society of Systematic Biologists and American Society of Naturalists
- The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
- The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology