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Creationism in Louisiana lawsuit

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.

William J. Guste Jr. dies

William J. GusteWilliam J. Guste Jr.William J. "Billy" Guste Jr., who served for twenty years as the attorney general of Louisiana and who assiduously defended the state's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction Act, died on July 24, 2013, at the age of 91, according to the obituary in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (July 25, 2013).

Balanced Treatment Act remains on the books

Louisiana's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act remains on the books, after the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed to adopt a version of Senate Bill 205 lacking a provision repealing the act.

Back to 1981 in Louisiana

At its May 29, 2013, meeting, the Louisiana House Education Committee declined to endorse the attempt to repeal Louisiana's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act.

Louisiana to repeal 1981 creationist law?

Louisiana's Senate Bill 205 would, if enacted, repeal the state's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, which was enacted in 1981 and declared to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987.

Repeal effort fails again in Louisiana

Louisiana's Senate Bill 26 (PDF) was tabled on a 3-2 vote in the Senate Committee on Education on May 1, 2013, which effectively kills the bill in committee, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune (May 1, 2013).

Jindal connects the dots

Interviewed by NBC News (April 12, 2013), Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal (R) explicitly stated that the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act permits the teaching of creationism, including "intelligent design."

Baton Rouge Advocate endorses repeal effort

In a March 20, 2013, editorial, the Baton Rouge Advocate editorially endorsed Louisiana's Senate Bill 26 (PDF), which if enacted would repeal the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act.

Repeal effort revived again in Louisiana

Senate Bill 26 (PDF), prefiled in the Louisiana Senate on March 12, 2013, and provisionally referred to the Senate Committee on Education, would, if enacted, repeal Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1, which implemented the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, passed and enacted in 2008.

Kopplin profiled in the Houston Press

Zack KopplinZack Kopplin

Zack Kopplin, the young activist behind the initiative to repeal Louisiana's antievolution law and the effort to expose the funding of creationism through vouchers-for-private-schools schemes nationally, was profiled in the Houston Press (February 20, 2013).

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