Louisiana Senator: Creationism Should Remain In Schools

| by Nik Bonopartis
A NASA image showing Earth, viewed from space.A NASA image showing Earth, viewed from space.

A Louisiana lawmaker who sits on the state's education committee argued the case for teaching creationism in schools by saying rocks are proof that the Earth was created in a week.

Democratic state Sen. John Milkovich of Louisiana made his case for creationism March 29, when he said Louisiana should keep a bill on the books that requires schools to teach creationism in science classes.

The bill, 1981's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science Act, has already been declared unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Court, meaning it can't be applied in classrooms, according to The Associated Press.

But Milkovich argued that schools should teach creationism, telling fellow lawmakers that there's "an abundance of recent science that actually confirms the book of Genesis' account of creation."

Milkovich said scientists had verified the Bible's origin stories, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported, and claimed archeologists had found the remnants of Noah's Ark. Neither of those claims are true.

Republican state Sen. Dan Claitor of Louisiana tried to repeal the creationism legislation, but Malkovich and his allies voted to keep the unconstitutional education law on the books with a 4 to 2 vote in the state's Senate Education Committee, says The Hayride.

Later, during a discussion on sex education, Milkovich said kids have become more sexually active as a result of "taking God out of school, taking the Bible out of school, saying it's ridiculous to teach morality."

"We all have caused this horrible outcome, and you've said this is a public health matter," Milkovich told his colleagues. "What about a morality matter?"

Sources: Times-Picayune, Associated Press via Times-Picayune, The Hayride / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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