A new study says that a single county policy spawned at least 65 bills to promote creationism in American public schools. Nicholas J. Matzke, a phylogeneticist based at the Australian National University, traced the bills back to a 2006 Ouachita Parish, La., curriculum policy that encouraged teachers “to help students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories.”
I’ve been monitoring the Religious Right’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, and I’m not impressed.
In an expose published by Slate magazine, pro-science activist Zack Kopplin revealed that many Louisiana science teachers push religion in public school classrooms.
Kopplin filed a Freedom of Information request and obtained a number of emails in which science teachers openly admitted to teaching creationism in their classrooms, often with the explicit support of school administrators.
A Louisiana school district that lets teachers use the Bible to teach creationism is doubling down on its sectarian instruction, claiming such lesson plans are permissible as long as the school does not provide that material.
Teachers and school board members have been scheming to push creationism in Louisiana public schools, a recent investigation asserts.
Science education activist and Americans United ally Zack Kopplin found that some Bayou State educators are doing all they can – including skirting the law – to force fundamentalist dogma into science classes. Kopplin detailed his findings in an article for Slate, in which he said he has evidence of a coordinated effort to bring anti-science, biblical literalist dogma into schools.
Protecting the so-called “religious freedom” rights of anti-gay fundamentalists is not a justification for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order authorizing discrimination against LGBT persons, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Last night, Jindal signed Executive Order BJ 15-8, which purports to permit government employees, business owners and others to refuse service to LGBT persons if they do so on the basis of their religious beliefs.
The Ark Park could come to Louisiana if one state representative if one lawmaker with close ties to Answers in Genesis (AiG) head Ken Ham gets his way.
State Rep. Michael Johnson (R-Bossier Parish) recently proposed a bill that could, critics say, pave the way for religious theme parks to receive tax subsidies.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently used an evangelical Christian prayer rally as an opportunity to pander to the Religious Right ahead of a possible presidential bid.
The Jan. 24 event, called “The Response-Louisiana,” generated quite a bit of controversy from the start because Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to the fundamentalist confab. In December, Americans United wrote to Jindal, asking him to distance himself from the event that, in Jindal’s own words, promoted the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.”
The recent suspension of a public school principal after a flap over a school-sponsored Christmas play sparked a 200-person rally in a small Louisiana town.
Kendria Sanders, principal of Goldonna Elementary-Junior High in Natchitoches Parish, was suspended for 10 days following a complaint concerning the school’s Christmas play.
The holiday pageant featured student-led prayer, religious songs and a student portraying Jesus hanging on a cross.