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
Here are some tips for appearing at school board meetings.
- Show up, stand up, and speak up. Elected school board officials respond to numbers, so try to get as many people as possible to attend the meeting-the school board must not think that opponents of evolution are the only voices in the community. Scatter yourself throughout the audience and applaud those on your side.
- Plan ahead. There is usually little time available for testifying. Avoid redundancy and ensure that all of your essential points are made by deciding which group
Although most of the battle against creationism has focused on the political and legal battles over textbooks and curriculum development, it is important to remember that public opinion plays a major role in determining the material actually taught in biology classrooms. One inexpensive and effective way to educate the public on the nature of science in general, and evolution in particular, is through the editorial pages. Letters to the editor are widely read, and fundamentalists have long used letter campaigns to push their agenda. By promptly detailing the scientific errors in+ read
1. In 1968, in Epperson v. Arkansas, the United States Supreme Court invalidated an Arkansas statute that prohibited the teaching of evolution. The Court held the statute unconstitutional on the grounds that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not permit a state to require that teaching and learning must be tailored to the principles or prohibitions of any particular religious sect or doctrine. (+ 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
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