Tell Louisiana to teach real science in public schools, not creationism and climate change denial
  • Petitioned State Sen. Ben Nevers

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Tell Louisiana to teach real science in public schools, not creationism and climate change denial

    1. Zack Kopplin
    2. Petition by

      Zack Kopplin

      Baton Rouge, LA

Please join our campaign to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, R.S. 17:285.1, which was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2008. Simply put, the intent of this law is to allow the teaching of Creationism, including Intelligent Design, in public school science classes in Louisiana.  

On April 15, Sen. Karen Carter Peterson introduced SB 70 to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

Teaching creationism, which is a religious belief, is in clear violation of Supreme Court rulings on the subject (one of which, Edwards v. Aguillard, originated in Louisiana).  

The young people of Louisiana deserve the best possible scientific education. Creationism is not science, and teaching it as science leaves our students at a disadvantage when competing in the global economy. 

The teaching of Evolution is sound science and is also compatible with religious faith, a position that is supported by all mainstream religious denominations.

The Louisiana Science Education Act costs jobs. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology cancelled its 2011 convention in New Orleans to protest this law.  How many others will do the same?  How many businesses will locate elsewhere because they want well trained scientists?  How many researchers will take their talents elsewhere or never come to Louisiana because of this anti-science law?

The bill is already producing its intended result. The Livingston Parish School Board is taking steps to act on the legislation’s goals. According to an account in the July 24, 2010, Baton Rouge Advocate, board member David Tate said: “We let them teach evolution to our children, but I think all of us sitting up here on this School Board believe in Creationism. Why can’t we get someone with religious beliefs to teach Creationism?”  Fellow board member Clint Mitchell responded, “I agree … Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom.” 

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    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Zack Kopplin
      Petition Organizer

      Michele Bachmann’s bluff called on creationism and Nobel Laureates:

    3. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      From : Creationists muscle into Texas, Louisiana schools

    4. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      LSU professor calls Louisiana's creationism teaching law "an embarrassment"

    5. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      's analysis of student Zack Kopplin's campaign. Does he have a chance?

    6. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Zack Kopplin, the student leading the campaign, blogs about new prominent supporters of the repeal:

    7. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      New Orleans City Council votes 7-0 to repeal bogus creationism law:

    8. Reached 50 signatures
    9. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Go to Zack's website for more information:

    10. Reached 40 signatures
    11. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Videos from the rally in Baton Rouge:

    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. Louisiana Students March On Baton Rouge, Demanding Accurate Science Classes

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Louisiana high school student Zack Kopplin has one goal: to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. Quite the opposite of its name, the bill, passed in 2008, gives public school teachers the ability to teach creationism in their science classes....

    14. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jonathan Gambill RICHMOND, VA
      • 3 months ago

      We need kids ready for the next century , not the Middle Ages..seriously.

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    • dennis Worley AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 3 months ago

      Teach Anthropomorphic Climate Change!!! For Gods sake , and the Love of God!

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    • Andrew Fruneaux BUENA PARK, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Important to Separate Religion and State, especially in public education.

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    • Kate hillert JUPITER, FL
      • 3 months ago

      It's not going to matter even if Obama is successfull because once a Republican takes office he will veto the new laws to protect his wealthy big business CEOS POCKETS.. GELLO BUSH N CHENEY ALL OVER AGAIN... HELLO HALLIBURTON AND GOODBYE GLACIERS

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    • Lisa Nunes CLARK, NJ
      • 4 months ago

      OMG what is this country coming to. No wonder we are so behind compared to other countries in math and science.

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