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Legislating Equal Time 1970–1981

Edward J. Larson

in Trial and Error

Third edition

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154719
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154719.003.0006
Legislating Equal Time 1970–1981

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This chapter reviews the crossfire during the 1970s, as creationists initiated lawsuits and legislation designed to win a place for “creation science” in the classroom. Following the skirmished in California and Texas during the 1960s, creationist legal activities rapidly spread during the 1970s and early 1980s. Reviewing early creationist legislation and lawsuits, University of Tennessee law professor Frederic S. Le Clercq wrote about the hope of the creationist to dilute the theory of evolution to the level of hypothesis or speculation and to win equal time for the doctrine of special creation. This analysis correctly identified the emerging two-prong attack on evolutionary teaching and recognized the broad support for the movement.

Keywords: special creation; Frederic S. Le Clercq; Gaylord Simpson; Wright case; creationism law

Chapter.  10838 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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