"The Rise and Fall of the Louisiana Creationist Law"

06.08.2017

NCSE is pleased to announce that the text of William J. Bennetta's "The Rise and Fall of the Louisiana Creationist Law" — a two-part article that appeared in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's magazine Terra in 1988 — is now available on NCSE's website, courtesy of the author and the museum.

Writing in the wake of the decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, Bennetta was prophetic about the next developments: "the creationists' new pseudoscience will carry a new name ... Its content will be fully sterilized: it will avoid explicit supernaturalism, and it will speak not of any god but of a nebulous 'intelligence' or 'intelligent cause.'"

A biologist and fellow of the California Academy of Science, Bennetta was the president of The Textbook League — a non-profit organization that scrutinized textbooks for errors of fact, especially including what Bennetta habitually described as "creationist claptrap" — and the editor of its publication The Textbook Letter.