Lately around northwest Louisiana, first there came the alleged introduction of religion in the classroom in Sabine Parish by promoting one set of religious beliefs over another. Then in Caddo Parish there appeared the public admission of a teacher who wrote she provides insight on creationism in contrast to evolution, where the former typically traces back to a religious belief. Together, they define the acceptable boundaries between religious belief and secular schooling, and why a threatened Louisiana law valuably assists in this task.
In the latter instance, the facts are not in dispute because they all appeared in print courtesy of a letter-to-the-editor written by science teacher Charlotte Hinson. The crucial question here is whether her exact comments in her critique of evolution veer into advocacy of religious belief. The Supreme Court has ruled that teachers cannot utilize a creationist viewpoint based upon religious belief even as a counterpoint to the theory of evolution.