Reasons to Believe

Excerpts from the June 19, 1987 U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Louisiana Balanced Treatment Act

 "It is equally clear that requiring schools to teach creation science with evolution does not advance academic freedom. The Act does not grant teachers a flexibility that they did not already possess to supplant the present science curriculum with the presentation of theories besides evolution, about the origin of life. Indeed, the Court of Appeals found that no law prohibited Louisiana public schoolteachers from teaching any scientific theory. 765 F.2d, at 1257. As the president of the Louisiana Science Teachers Association testified, I [a]ny scientific concept that's based on established fact can he included in our curriculum already, and no legislation allowing this-is necessary. 1 2 App. E616. The Act provides Louisiana schoolteachers with no new authority." (p.8.)

[T]eaching a variety of scientific theories about the origins of humankind to schoolchildren might be validly done with the clear secular intent of enhancing the effectiveness of science instruction." (p.14.)

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