Darwin Defeated in the Bayou: Louisiana Encourages 'Critical Thinking' About Evolution

June 12, 2008

The Louisiana House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill on Wednesday that would promote “critical thinking” by students on topics such as evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning. The Louisiana Senate already passed a similar bill.

Similar bills have been introduced in several states over the past year and have been supported by opponents of evolution. The Discovery Institute, which promotes a brand of creationism known as intelligent design, hailed the 94-to-3 vote on the bill.

The Louisiana Coalition for Science opposes the bill, which it says “will open the door for creationism in public schools.”

University professors in several states have organized against such bills, many of which are based on a model created by the Discovery Institute. —Richard Monastersky