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.
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