Posts Tagged ‘louisiana’

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

Here’s some advice for Livingston Parish school officials: You don’t want to go to court over creationism because you will lose.

David Barton, Family Research Council, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins, Wallbuilders

We are reminded on a regular basis of the strong influence the Religious Right carries in Louisiana – particularly over Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Here’s one more piece of evidence:  Jindal issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, June 27, a “Statewide Day of Prayer” seeking divine help in the oil spill crisis.

As my colleague Rob Boston said in a blog […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life

I understand why people living along the Gulf Coast are frustrated. The BP oil spill is an unmitigated environmental disaster, with as much as 2.5 million gallons of oil pouring into the region every day.

What’s especially frustrating is that, despite all of our modern technology and know-how, we don’t seem to be able to plug the well. The oil […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Symbols on Public Property

I’ve always been skeptical of psychics, palm-readers and other prognosticators who claim to see the future, but today I’m going to gaze into my crystal ball and deliver a message to officials in Baker, La.: You are going to be sued very soon.

Furthermore, you are going to lose.

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that a former city official Read More

Freedom of Religion, Religion in Public Life, Religious Discrimination

Imagine this: You’ve been having a really rough day at work, finding it hard to focus on anything other than your impending doctor’s appointment. When 5:00 rolls around, you take a deep breath, hop in your car and start towards his office while futzing with your iPod looking for your favorite Springsteen song. Sweaty palms, you can’t stop thinking […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

Education officials in Louisiana yesterday had the opportunity to slam the door firmly on the teaching of creationism and “intelligent design” (ID) in public schools. Unfortunately, they did not take it.

The state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 10-0 to adopt new science guidelines that critics fear will muddy the waters and open the door to sectarian […] Read More

Religious Right Research

A devout Roman Catholic taking a helicopter to attend Sunday morning services at a Baptist church nearly 200 miles from his house followed by lunch with “local officials” at a shooting range—sounds like a politician on his campaign trail.

Except for the fact that campaign money isn’t flying the helicopter. Rather, it’s more than $180,000 in taxpayer money fueling in-state […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism

In 1514, Copernicus hypothesized that the universe does not orbit around Earth. Over a century later, in 1633, Galileo Galilei was convicted by the Catholic Church of heresy for “following the position of Copernicus, which is contrary to the true sense and authority of the Holy Scripture.”

In 1992, the Church officially admitted that Galileo was right. […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools

On Wednesday, with just two weeks left in the legislative session, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved SB 733, a bill intended to facilitate the teaching of creationism in public schools.

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn promptly responded, calling the proposed law an “embarrassment” and guaranteeing legal action if the measure is used “to promote religion […] Read More

Evolution & Creationism, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research

Is the Louisiana legislature about to make a tremendous mistake?

It sure looks like it. Despite frantic objections from public school teachers, the scientific community and advocates of church-state separation, the House education committee yesterday approved unanimously a Religious Right bill designed to undercut the teaching of evolution.

As the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported today, Senate Bill 733 would allow […] Read More

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