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Edwards v Aguillard was a 1987 Supreme Court case centering around the constitutionality of a Louisiana statue requiring that creation science be taught along side of evolution in the public schoolsEvolution remains so controversial primarily because it is part of a larger debate over nature and the meaning of life The study of how life began almost inevitably raises questions of why Why did life begin Why are humans rational Why is there order in the universe Men and women have debated these questions for thousands of years considering them to be some of the most important inquiries human beings can undertake Levy Karst West 132Is Creation Science scientific irreligious and factual thus constitutionally permissible to teach in public schoolsCan creation science be taught without promoting a particular religious belief especially that human beings were created by a supernatural entityWould academic freedom be gained by implementation of the actIs the Balanced Treatment Act constitutional under Establishment Clause Or does it have a non-secular purpose by promoting religionDid the lower court make a procedural error when they made their summary judgment without hearing any of the states evidenceDoes the bill promote fairness and academic freedom by requiring that all truths be heard Or is it merely a ploy to get Genesis back into the schoolsDoes the legislative history of the case demonstrate that it has a religious purpose or notAre previous judgments of the court in favor or against the statuteMany notable figures joined in the case demonstrating the on-going prominence of the issue of evolution many years after the 1968 Epperson v AR trial that attempted to make it illegal to teach evolution in public schoolsSince this time many proponents of the Genesis narrative felt that Christianity was slowing losing to the secular humanitarianism religion in public schools One such believer was LA Senator Bill Keith Sen Keith introduced the bill in the LA in 1980The Louisiana Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public
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