A Louisiana school district that lets teachers use the Bible to teach creationism is doubling down on its sectarian instruction, claiming such lesson plans are permissible as long as the school does not provide that material.
Teachers and school board members have been scheming to push creationism in Louisiana public schools, a recent investigation asserts.
Science education activist and Americans United ally Zack Kopplin found that some Bayou State educators are doing all they can – including skirting the law – to force fundamentalist dogma into science classes. Kopplin detailed his findings in an article for Slate, in which he said he has evidence of a coordinated effort to bring anti-science, biblical literalist dogma into schools.
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.
The Ark Park could come to Louisiana if one state representative if one lawmaker with close ties to Answers in Genesis (AiG) head Ken Ham gets his way.
State Rep. Michael Johnson (R-Bossier Parish) recently proposed a bill that could, critics say, pave the way for religious theme parks to receive tax subsidies.
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.”
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.
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.”
A Louisiana sheriff is staging a July 4 rally to challenge the separation of church and state. The second annual “In God We Trust” rally is intended to celebrate the nation’s Christian heritage, according to Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington.