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1988

Science and Technology Law

Edwards v. Aguillard

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Monkeying Around With The Establishment Clause And Bashing Creation-Science, Gary C. Leedes Jan 1988

Monkeying Around With The Establishment Clause And Bashing Creation-Science, Gary C. Leedes

University of Richmond Law Review

This article examines the nature of scientific creationism and its educational value. Creation scientists and evolutionists study the origins of life, but their disagreements produce controversies that radiate far beyond the scientific community. Controversies about the content of science courses in public schools are widely reported in the press and have become political footballs. The debates between Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, and their contemporary counterparts, are the themes of motion pictures and plays. There is enormous public interest in the battle that is portrayed by combatants on both sides as a fight involving not only academic freedom but …


From Scopes To Edwards: The Sixty-Year Evolution Of Biblical Creationism In The Public School Classroom, Lucien J. Dhooge Jan 1988

From Scopes To Edwards: The Sixty-Year Evolution Of Biblical Creationism In The Public School Classroom, Lucien J. Dhooge

University of Richmond Law Review

Few issues have generated as much controversy as the scope of the religion clauses of the first amendment to the United States Constitution within the setting of the public schools. Indeed, as Justice Brennan once stated, the courts have "encountered few issues more intricate or more demanding than that of the relationship between religion and the public schools." This controversy is not surprising in light of the important role played by the public schools in shaping the nation's thoughts, beliefs and institutions. It is a controversy without end; for as long as the public schools maintain their primary role in …


Response To From Scopes To Edwards, Gary C. Leedes Jan 1988

Response To From Scopes To Edwards, Gary C. Leedes

University of Richmond Law Review

Mr. Dhooge's one-dimensional article is designed to make us believe that the Louisiana legislature was overpowered by politically powerful biblicists who want science fiction introduced into the public schools. It is remarkable that the legislative history is not cited by Dhooge except for those portions which are included in the Court's distorted presentation of the record in Edwards v. Aguillard. Dhooge, echoing the Court, impugns the motives of Louisiana lawmakers who emphatically opposed improperly presented creation-science. It is difficult to credit Justice Brennan and Mr. Dhooge with a fair reading of the record when they cite snippets of testimony taken …