Louisiana Senator Had Sought Funding for Creationist Organization Under the Guise of Science Education

Washington, DC — The Interfaith Alliance welcomed the news that a budget item that would have funded creationist pseudo-science will be removed from the Labor, Education, and HHS budget bill.  Senator David Vitter (R-LA) had inserted an earmark giving $100,000 to the Louisiana Family Forum, a Religious Right organization, to “promote better science education.”  The Interfaith Alliance criticized the move as a backdoor attempt to fund creationism in public schools using federal tax dollars.  Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of the Interfaith Alliance released the following statement:

“I am pleased that Senator Vitter has finally acknowledged the flaws in his effort to use federal tax dollars to promote religious education. This was an underhanded attempt to circumvent the Constitution and defy multiple court rulings against teaching creationism in public school science classes. As a Louisiana resident and a pastor, I’m disturbed that Senator Vitter attempted to use a backdoor legislative maneuver to funnel $100,000 of public funds to a group trying to substitute its own religious views for sound science. It is even more egregious because Senator Vitter wanted to use public funds to advance a sectarian view. Make no mistake about it, both religion and science are hurt when the two are confused and our schoolchildren will suffer the consequences of bad public policy.”

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.