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Creation Science Law (1981)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, San Diego, California

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-10-02

Duration: 00:27:05

Subjects: Education | CREATIONISM | Evolution | Science | Religion | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1981 | Institute for Creation Research | Academic freedom | Louisiana. Department of Education | Louisiana. Legislature


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Bryan, William Photographer
  • Talley, Keith Photographer
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • Fuglaar, Bill Director
  • Blome, Ron Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Keith, Bill Speaker
  • Blanton, Ray Speaker
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Bliss, Richard Interviewee
  • Kent, George Interviewee
  • Minchew, Raymond Interviewee
  • McGehee, Don Interviewee
  • Stovall, James Interviewee
  • Weltchek, Andrew Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from October 2, 1981, features an in-depth report on the controversy surrounding the new law requiring the teaching of creation science in equal time with the theory of evolution in public schools.  This report  includes: highlights of the debate over the bill during the 1981 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature; a visit to the Institute for Creation Research at Christian Heritage College in San Diego, California, the organization responsible for producing creation science textbooks; the question of whether creation science should be taught in science or religion classes; the effect of the law on the academic freedom of teachers; the Department of Education’s estimates for the cost of implementing the law; and the planned lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.