Louisiana’s Creationism Act Was Found Unconstitutional

Louisiana passed a law, the” Creationism Act,” also known as the “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction Act.”  The law forbade the teaching of evolution unless creationism was taught, as well, in public elementary and secondary schools.  Parents, teachers, and religious leaders brought a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the law.  The case, Edwards v. Aguillard, was appealed to the United States Supreme Court.  On this date in 1987, the Supreme Court held that the Act violated the Establishment Clause.  Justice Brennan, writing for the majority of the Court, stated—“because the primary purpose of the Creationism Act is to endorse a particular religious doctrine, the Act furthers religion in violation of the Establishment Clause.”

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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