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The federal judge who is hearing arguments in Louisiana's creationism case has expressed doubts about whether the case belongs in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola said, "If I were going to rule on the motion right now, which I am not, I would dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction."

The state's creationism law, passed by the legislature in 1981, requires that creation-science and evolution receive "balanced treatment" in Louisiana's public schools.

The suit--filed by Louisiana Attorney General William J. Guste Jr. against the state superintendent of education, the state department of education, and the state board of education--asks that the law be declared constitutional and that the superintendent be ordered to enforce it.

A similar law in Arkansas was declared unconstitutional by a federal district judge in January.

Vol. 01, Issue 38

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