THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LOUISIANA CREATIONISM LAW
Part 1: A Bold Trick
by WILLIAM J. BENNETTA
[Republished, with the kind permission of the author and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, from the July/August 1988 issue of the museum’s magazine Terra, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 20–22, 24–27.]
Creationism is a political arm of fundamentalism. The creationists seek to impose onto the population at large, by political means, a body of religious beliefs derived from literal readings of the King James version of the Holy Bible+ read
Recently a California teacher requesting help from NCSE wrote:
I am a high school biology teacher trying to find information on the official position of Christian denominations and other major world religions on evolution for use in my classes. I have many creationist students in my classes who assume anyone who believes in God agrees with the literal creationist beliefs on this. Can you help?
This teacher also felt he needed more information about the legal rights and responsibilities of teachers who are teaching evolution.
These are questions which arise for teachers+ read
Creating the Oklahoma Science Education Act, which allows teaching of strengths and weaknesses of exhisting theories, as well as introduce conflicting ones. Also prevents outside powers from intervening in the teachings.
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
1st Session of the 55th Legislature (2015)
SENATE BILL 665+ read
Allows teaching of strengths and weaknesses of exhisting theories, especially origin of life, as well as introduce conflicting ones. Also prevents outside powers from intervening in the teachings.
2015 Montana Legislature
HOUSE BILL NO. 321
INTRODUCED BY C. FISCUS
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ENCOURAGING THE BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION TO EMPHASIZE CRITICAL THINKING IN INSTRUCTION+ read
Allows teaching of strengths and weaknesses of exhisting theories, as well as introduce conflicting ones. Also prevents outside powers from intervening in the teachings.
FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 486
98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE KOENIG.
0892H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 170, RSMo, by adding thereto one new+ read
A bill introduced in Oklahoma in 2014 aimed at depriving administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies."
Other sponsors: Rep. Gus Blackwell
AS INTRODUCED An Act relating to school curriculum; creating the Oklahoma Science Education Act; providing short title; providing for the creation of a+ read
One bill introduced in Missouri in 2014 that will, "endeavor to assist teachers to find more effective ways to present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies."
Other sponsors: Rick+ read
One bill introduced in Virginia in 2014, "to encourage students to explore scientific questions."
HOUSE BILL NO. 207
Offered January 8, 2014
Prefiled December 27, 2013
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 22.1-207.6, relating to instruction in science.
Patron-- Bell, Richard P.
One bill endevouring to "create an environment in schools that encourages pupils to explore scientific questions," introduced in Arizona in 2013.
Other sponsors: Murphy, Pierce, Shooter, Yarbrough
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 15, chapter 7,
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