A Bizarre and Outrageous Attack on Evolution by a Louisiana Legislator

The following is a Bill introduced by Louisiana Legislator Sharon Weston-Broome. It is typical of creationist mud slinging tactics used to attack those who support evolution. This Bill is devoid of any semblance of reason. It promotes the big lie that evolution is responsible for racism, just as Hitler promoted the big lie that Jews were responsible for immorality. Ms. Broome is simply repeating the core concept of creationist ideology that we see over and over again in creationist literature: that evolution is responsible for all evil.


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Regular Session, 2001



CIVIL RIGHTS: Provides relative to racism and education about racism


To provide relative to racism and education about racism. 2

WHEREAS, America's foundational document, The Declaration of 3
Independence, expresses the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, 4
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and 5
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; and 6

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974 declares 7
that the only legitimate ends of government are to secure justice for all, 8
preserve peace, protect the rights, and promote the happiness and general 9
welfare of the people; and 10

WHEREAS, empirical science has documented an indisputable 11
commonality among all people groups, or races, and has demonstrated that 12
normal variations in the human gene pool account for our differences, of 13
which racial differences are a trivial portion; and 14

WHEREAS, the writings of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, 15
promoted the justification of racism, and his books On the Origin of Species 16
by Means of Natural Selection: or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the 17
Struggle for Life and The Descent of Man postulate a hierarchy of superior and 18
inferior races; and 19

H.C.R. NO. 74
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WHEREAS, Adolf Hitler and others have exploited the racist views of 1
Darwin and those he influenced, such as German zoologist Ernst Haekel, to 2
justify the annihilation of millions of purportedly racially inferior individuals. 3

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of Louisiana 4
does hereby deplore all instances and ideologies of racism, does hereby reject 5
the core concepts of Darwinist ideology that certain races and classes of 6
humans are inherently superior to others, and does hereby condemn the extent 7
to which these philosophies have been used to justify and approve racist 8
practices. 9

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislature does also hereby 10
urge and request the public education system of Louisiana, as appropriate in 11
the curriculum, to address the commonalities of people groups and the 12
weaknesses of Darwinian racism. 13

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a suitable copy of this Resolution 14
be transmitted to the commissioner of administration, who will make its 15
contents known to the heads of each Louisiana state department and agency; 16
to the Board of Regents, who will make its contents known to each college and 17
university president or chancellor; and to the state superintendent of education, 18
who will make its contents known to the superintendent of each city, parish, 19
or other local public school system. 20

The digest printed below was prepared by House Legislative Services. It
constitutes no part of the legislative instrument.

Broome HCR No. 74
Provides relative to racism and education about racism. Deplores racism,
rejects Darwin's concepts of superior and inferior races and classes of humans,
and condemns the use of these philosophies to justify racist practices. Also
urges and requests the state's public education system, as appropriate in the
curriculum, to address the commonalities of people and the weaknesses of
Darwinian racism.