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Louisiana School District Supports Using The Bible To Test Evolution In Class

| by Nathaly Pesantez

A Louisiana School district has issued statements defending its teachers who use the Bible when teaching evolution, reports The Christian Post.

A representative from Bossier Parish Schools in Benton, Louisiana, told The Christian Post that educators are allowed to use the Bible to test and critique evolution.

The school district alleges that scripture is used “to present alternative viewpoints” to students.

“We support our teachers in engaging their students in dialogue regarding Creationism and evolution and allowing students to express their views, said the spokesperson.

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In a June 2nd article, Slate magazine reported acquiring e-mails from Bossier Parish schools that point to the teaching of creationism in their classrooms.

In one of the e-mails, Airline High School science teacher Shawna Creamer tells principal Jason Rowland of her plans to use the Book of Genesis in class.

“We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present,” wrote Creamer.

According to the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act, schools are allowed to use supplemental textbooks “to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner.”

The act does not allow for the promotion of any religious doctrine, but some say the law has been used to fulfill a religious agenda, especially with the teaching of Creationism.

Josh Rosenau from the National Center for Science Education, an organization that supports teaching evolution in schools, is an outspoken critic of Creationism.

“These emails make clear that many teachers are interpreting the Louisiana Science Education Act as allowing such unconstitutional and scientifically-misleading lessons,” Rosenau said to Slate.

Since 2011, four unsuccessful attempts have been made to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, according to The Advocate

Sources: The Christian Post, Slate, The Advocate, Louisiana Science Education Act

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