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Edwards v. Aguillard (docket #: 85-1513) (1987)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Edwards v. Aguillard  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 12/10/1986
Decided 6/19/1987
Supreme Court Vote 7-2
Supreme Court Ruling Affirmed: First Amendment Establishment claim sustained.
 
IssueWhether Louisiana's "Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction" Act is facially invalid as violative of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Brennan, J. (joined by Marshall, Powell, Blackmun & Stevens, JJ., & by O'Connor, J., except as to Part II)
Concurring Opinion Powell, J. (joined by O'Connor, J.) & White, J. (concurring in judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Scalia, J. (joined by Rehnquist, C.J.)
Lower Court 5th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment Establishment claim sustained.
News
"Case Focuses On Evolution And Creation," The New York Times, May 6, 1986, Sect. A, p. 29
"Justices Hear 2 Views on 'Creation' Law," The New York Times, Dec.11, 1986, Sect. B, p. 18
AP, "Court tosses Pa. school district's intelligent-design policy" (12-20-05)

Marcuss, Frances Frank, "Elation, Relief and Sadness In Louisiana as Fight Ends," The New York Times, June 20, 1987, p. 7
Vobejda, Barbara, "Ruling Sets Back Fundamentalist Challenge," The Washington Post, June 20, 1987, Sect. A, p. 12
Other
Carter, Stephen L. "Evolution, Creationism, and Treating Religion as a Hobby," 1987 Duke L.J. 977
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.) (2006), pp. 1203-1204
Gey, Steven G., RELIGION AND THE STATE (2nd Ed.) (2006), pp. 162-181
Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.) (1996), pp. 1575, 1576
Commentary
Editorial, "Louisiana's Fig Leaf for Bad Science," The New York Times, June 23, 1987, Sect. A, p. 30
Fischer, Dick, "The Bible Proves That 'Creationism' is Wrong," The Washington Post, Aug. 17, 1986, Sect. A, p. 1
Gould, Stephen Jay, "Justice Scalia's Misunderstanding," 5 Constant Commentary 1, 8, 10 (1988)
Taylor, Stuart, Jr. "Considering What to Make of 'Creationism'," The New York Times, Dec. 14, 1986, Sect. E, p. 24
Will, George F., "Good Grief, Scalia!" The Washington Post, June 25, 1987, Sect. A, p. 17
Yoder, Edwin M., "Creationism and the Court," The Washington Post, June 23, 1987, Sect. A, p. 1
Books
Witte, John Jr., RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERIMENT (2000), p. 169
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