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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Edwards v. Aguillard
Citation:482 U.S. 578 (1987)
Louisiana’s “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction” Act, also called Creationism Act, forbids the teaching of the theory of evolution in public schools unless accompanied by instruction in creation science. No school is required to reach evolution or creation science. If either is taught, however, the other must also be taught. The theories of evolution and creation science are statutorily defined as the scientific evidences for creation or evolution and inferences from those scientific evidences. Appellees, who include parents of children attending Louisiana public schools, Louisiana teachers, and religious leaders, challenged the constitutionality of the Act.
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