Louisiana Senator Wants to Keep Creationism in Schools

Louisiana Senator Wants to Keep Creationism in Schools

Louisiana Senator Wants to Keep Creationism in Schools
Christopher Sessums is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Louisiana Senator believes teaching evolution leads to immoral behavior in students.

In the year 1987, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that a Louisiana law that required teaching Creation Science and Evolution in public schools was unconstitutional. The Court found that the law was specifically intended to promote a specific religion. Hence, the Court struck it down.

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Every year, a report is provided by the Law Institute of Louisiana for the Legislature, to remove unconstitutional laws from the law books. These laws are the ones that have already been rejected by all the Courts, and all the appeals have already been exhausted. Last month, Dan Claitor, Baton Rouge attorney and a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, presented the bill to revoke the Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science Act, the one that was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Senator John Milkovich spoke against the bill.

There is no way that a law struck down by the Supreme Court could be enforced. However, this did not stop Milkovich from supporting the Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science Act bill. He defended the bill by stating that there are a lot of scientific evidence out there that actually supports the account of creation as described in the book of Genesis.

According to Milkovich, there is a published research that confirms the existence of the remains of Noah's ark. On the Mount Ararat in Turkey, researchers have found a large boat/ark. A lot of people are of the opinion that Milkovich is getting this information from chain emails and websites whose authenticity cannot be confirmed. John Milkovich is also the Senate Education Committee Vice Chairman.

Milkovich's take on the fact that the law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, is that, at one point in American history, it was constitutional to own people. Then, it was made unconstitutional. Milkovich says what the Court deems unconstitutional or constitutional is something that can be changed.

He further said that taking religion or God out of schools and teaching them Darwin's Evolutionary Theory would only lead to further stem the growth of immoral behavior in students. It was not just Milkovich who voted against Claitor’s bill. Senator Mike Walsworth voted against removing the unconstitutional law from the books.

Claitor’s bill was defeated 4-2. Even if the bill has been passed, it would not have made much of a difference, as there is another Louisiana law, the Louisiana Science Education Act, that in effect lets the biology teachers critique evolution theory.


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