The Louisiana Science Education Act promotes a greater discussion of science, not religion, in public school classrooms. Unfortunately, The Advocate obscured that fact by initially titling its May 3 article on the law “Creation science repeal fails.”
Contrary to the article’s initial title and those quoted in the article, the Louisiana Science Education Act does not authorize the teaching of “creationism,” or any other form of religion. Indeed, the law explicitly states that it “shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.”
It’s too bad that The Advocate’s reporter didn’t quote those words from the law in his article, or permit defenders of the law to point out what the law says. By only quoting one side in his article, the reporter left The Advocate’s readers in the dark.
Louisiana’s legislators are to be commended for listening to the many students and parents who asked the Legislature to preserve the law, rather than giving in to academic bullies who want the law repealed so they can intimidate teachers and censor free discussion on topics like Darwinian evolution.
Joshua Youngkin, program officer