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Will Livingston Lousiana be the next Dover ?

Postby Peter Henderson » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:33 pm

From from this week's NCSE news:

CREATIONIST RUMBLINGS IN LOUISIANA

Creationism is stirring in Louisiana, with a proposal to teach creationism in Livingston Parish and a call for creationists to scrutinize textbooks proposed for adoption by the state in the headlines.

"The Livingston Parish School Board will begin exploring the possibility of incorporating the teaching of 'creationism' in the public school system's science classes," reported the Baton Rouge Advocate (July 24, 2010). The director of curriculum for the district reportedly told the board that, under the Louisiana Science Education Act, schools are allowed to present "critical thinking and creationism" in science classes. The response from the board was enthusiastic, with David Tate asking, "Why can't we get someone with religious beliefs to teach creationism?" and Clint Mitchell adding, "Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom." Keith Martin, the president of the board, agreed, "Maybe it's time that we look at this," and proposed the formation of a committee to study the possibility.

Meanwhile, as the state is receiving input from citizens about science textbooks proposed for state adoption, creationist activists are urging their followers to object to the coverage of evolution. In a letter published in the Hammond Daily Star (July 26, 2010), Barbara Forrest debunks a series of misleading claims about the so-called Santorum Amendment, the state of public opinion about evolution, and the scientific accuracy of leading biology textbooks. After reviewing the all-too-successful recent history of antievolutionist efforts in Louisiana, she concludes, "Throughout it all, the citizens of Louisiana have remained almost completely silent. With a few commendable exceptions, the scientific community has done the same.
Will they finally do something this time to stop the assault on science and public education?

Louisiana, it will be remembered, was on the losing side of the last legal case involving the teaching of evolution in the public schools to be decided by the Supreme Court, Edwards v. Aguillard (1987).

For the article in the Advocate, visit:
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/99153999.html

For Forrest's letter, visit:
http://www.hammondstar.com/articles/201 ... s/9055.txt

For the decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, visit:
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/h ... 78_ZO.html

And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in Louisiana, visit:
http://ncse.com/news/louisiana
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Postby Brian Jordan » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:11 pm

Coming to an "academy" or "free school" near you, unless there are different plans for NI.
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Postby Peter Henderson » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:38 am

Brian Jordan wrote:Coming to an "academy" or "free school" near you, unless there are different plans for NI.


The thing is Brian. NI has the national curiculum to fall back on, whether the Presbyterian church in Ireland preach YECism or not (I'm more and more convinced the PCinI is a large part of the yEC problem here). These school boards in the US do not.

It'll be interesting to see how this one pans out though.

http://creation.com/calendar

Thursday 28 October 2010
3.00pm public meeting, Cunningham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Ph: 028 9048 6455
Shellinghill Road, Cullybackey, County Antrim
Creation: Fact or Fiction?
Robin Greer

Tuesday 9 November 2010
3.00pm public meeting, Dundonald Presbyterian Church, Ph: 028 9048 6455
Church Green, Dundonald, County Antrim, BT162LP
Creation: Fact or Fiction?
Robin Greer


Dundonald Presbyterian church would be one of the largest congrecations in the greater Belfast area.
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