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La. Governor’s Anti-LGBT Order Has Nothing To Do With ‘Religious Freedom,’ Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Asserts That Jindal’s Action Is A Misguided Political Ploy

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.
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Bayou Boondoggle: La. Lawmakers Consider ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

It seems Louisiana lawmakers didn’t learn from the recent backlash caused by “religious freedom” bills in Indiana and Arkansas, so Pelican State politicians are mulling legislation that could allow for discrimination against LGBT persons under the guise of “religious liberty.” Read more

La. Governor Speaks At Religious Right-Hosted Evangelical Prayer Rally

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.” Read more

Residents Of La. Town Hold Rally Calling For Official School Prayer

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. Read more

Read All About It!: State Legislators Propose Awarding The Bible Special Status

A legislator in Tennessee has proposed naming the Bible the state’s official book.

State Rep. Jerry Sexton says the proposal would simply acknowledge the Bible’s “historically important role.” Read more

Drop Sponsorship Of Evangelical Christian Rally, AU Tells Louisiana Gov. Jindal

Church-State Watchdog Group Reminds Governor He Was Elected To Represent All Constituents, Not Just Christians

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today told Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to end his sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian rally, saying his behavior is inappropriate and possibly illegal.

Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to “The Response-Louisiana,” a fundamentalist Christian event that, in Jindal’s words, promotes the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.”
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Bayou Bible Blues: Louisiana Doesn’t Need An Official State Scripture

Louisiana is not exactly the poster child for the separation of church and state.

There have been persistent problems in the state, stretching back several decades. Louisiana, you will recall, passed the “balanced treatment” act mandating that public school teach creationism alongside evolution. It was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Read more

Educational Swamp: In Louisiana, Scientific Literacy Remains A Flashpoint

Creationism continues to make headlines in Louisiana, where a science teacher is under investigation for an unfortunate letter to the editor. Charlotte Hinson, who teaches in a Caddo Parish public school, wrote to the Shreveport Times after that  newspaper published articles favorable to evolution.

Hinson slammed the articles for treating creationism as an unproven theory, and evolution as fact. “That is strictly opinion,” she wrote.
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