June 19, 1987: In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court strikes down as unconstitutional state laws that require public schools to teach "creation science" if they teach the theory of evolution. Those who believe in creation science maintain there was an "abrupt appearance" of most life forms on Earth. Justice William J. Brennan Jr., speaking for the majority, says the 1981 Louisiana law in question effectively required the teaching of religious belief -- not of scientific study.

Aug. 26: A federal appeals court panel in Atlanta reverses a ruling by a federal judge that banned 44 textbooks from Alabama public schools because they promoted the "religion" of secular humanism. The appeals panel rules that the books did not violate the First Amendment, since there was no evidence that their omission of certain religious information "of itself constituted an advancement of secular humanism or an active hostility towards theistic religion . . . . " The panel's ruling clears the way for Alabama schools to use the textbooks when they open in September.

June 19, 1987: In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court strikes down as unconstitutional state laws that require public schools to teach "creation science" if they teach the theory of evolution. Those who believe in creation science maintain there was an "abrupt appearance" of most life forms on Earth. Justice William J. Brennan Jr., speaking for the majority, says the 1981 Louisiana law in question effectively required the teaching of religious belief -- not of scientific study.

Aug. 26: A federal appeals court panel in Atlanta reverses a ruling by a federal judge that banned 44 textbooks from Alabama public schools because they promoted the "religion" of secular humanism. The appeals panel rules that the books did not violate the First Amendment, since there was no evidence that their omission of certain religious information "of itself constituted an advancement of secular humanism or an active hostility towards theistic religion . . . . " The panel's ruling clears the way for Alabama schools to use the textbooks when they open in September.