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Creation Science Lawsuits (1982)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-07-02

Duration: 00:04:02

Subjects: Education | CREATIONISM | Evolution | Science | Religion | LAWSUITS | ACLU | AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION | Guste, William J. | Louisiana. Department of Education | Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education


  • George, Beth Host
  • Geltner, Naomi Reporter
  • Kegel, Martha Interviewee
  • Keith, Bill Interviewee
  • Guste, William Interviewee


This segment from the July 2, 1982, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on two lawsuits that test the constitutionality of a 1981 law requiring public schools to teach creationism in equal time with the theory of evolution. This report touches on the dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Attorney General William Guste, which asked the court to declare the law constitutional. It also focuses on the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the law, including the possibility that the Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will support the ACLU. Host: Beth George