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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has joined the national dialogue over the extent to which public schools can disavow the theory of evolution. On Aug. 13, in Freiler v. Tangipahoa Parish Board of Education, the court struck down a Louisiana school board’s resolution that requires teachers in its district to offer disclaimers that evolution lessons are “not intended to influence or dissuade the Biblical version of Creation or any other concept.” Concluding that the disclaimer is aimed at the “protection and maintenance of a particular religious viewpoint,” the court held that it violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the excessive entanglement of government and religion.

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