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Activist again seeks to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law

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Activist Zack Kopplin announced Monday he was re-launching his campaign to repeal a law that allows public schools to teach creationism as science in Louisiana.

In a statement published Monday, Kopplin said he believes “that this spring we can muster the votes we need to pass” a repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act. State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D) has filed a bill to repeal the law.

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Peterson proposed identical legislation in 2011 and in 2012, but the bills were killed in committee.

The LSEA, signed into law by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2008, purportedly promotes critical thinking and open discussion about scientific theories such as evolution and global warming. Proponents of the law said it encouraged academic freedom, but critics were quick to point out that it allows local school boards to approve supplemental classroom materials that espouse creationism.

State Sen. Ben Nevers (D) said in 2008 he proposed the law at the urging of the Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian group.

“They believe that scientific data related to creationism should be discussed when dealing with Darwin’s theory,” he explained.


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Controversial Contractors for Trump’s highly-criticized $3 billion food aid program hire lobbyist to tout their work

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Companies receiving taxpayer dollars as part of President Donald Trump’s signature food aid program hired a longtime lobbyist to push back on criticism that the government is relying on unqualified contractors, such as an event planner.

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Ivanka Trump ‘urged’ Trump’s Bible photo-op — which could become a ‘defining moment’ of his presidency: NYT

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First daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump "urged" her father to take part in a controversial photo-op with a Bible according to a new report from The New York Times.

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The psychology of protesters — and the psychology of people who hate them

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It is hard to imagine that anyone who watched the horrific video of George Floyd being asphyxiated by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would come away feeling empathy for the police force that stood by and let it happen. And yet, amid the biggest coordinated civil rights protests in the United States since 1968, there are many voices out there who find excuses to defend cops like Derek Chauvin, who is now facing charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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