Dr. Barbara Forrest was a star witness for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. The last time we recommended one of her posts was here: Barbara Forrest on the Lunacy in Louisiana.
This time, Barbara gives us an extravaganza with our favorite cast of creepy characters. And what a cast is is!
First we have the Louisiana legislature. Two years ago that drooling body of worthies enacted the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), encouraging unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — to be used in science classes. Louisiana’s “every child an idiot” law is one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” bills modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
In the staring role there’s Louisiana’s governor Bobby Jindal (also known as Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist), who was honored by winning your Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award — see: Creationist Bobby Jindal. Jindal refused to veto the creationism bill, despite having majored in biology at Brown University, and so Louisiana has become a creationist wasteland.
The next character in the show is the principal promoter of Louisiana’s creationist legislation — Rev. Gene Mills, executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF).
And for your reading pleasure, Barbara introduces the newest member of this grotesque team — yes, it’s British Petroleum’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
That’s Barbara’s all-star cast. Here are some excerpts from her article, with bold added by us:
There are times when the irony of life is so thick that one has to just stand back and marvel at it. Now is one of those times in Louisiana. … Now, with coastal wildlife trapped and dying in sludge, with the human beings of the Gulf Coast facing the loss of culture, livelihoods, and our beautiful wetlands — courtesy of BP — Gov. Jindal felt called to set aside June 27 as an official day of prayer for divine assistance in “persevering” through this mess — and to post the call to prayer on his official state website.
Hey, good idea — a day of prayer – that’ll get the job done! When a vast hoard of creationists are united, the possibilities are limitless. Let’s read on:
The official praying actually started on Monday, June 21, in the Memorial Hall (front lobby) of the Louisiana State Capitol, as we are informed by the Louisiana Family Forum, which distributed the governor’s official proclamation [pdf].
The only thing that surprises us is how such a misfortune could have occurred at all — and to Louisiana of all places. Surely, with the concentrated spiritual power of that state’s creationist population, they should have have been immune to this kind of thing. We continue:
[Mills] says that Louisianians have not prayed enough about the oil catastrophe. In his June 24, 2010, e-mail to LFF supporters, he observed that despite the fact that “America has assembled the brightest minds, the newest technology and America’s finest for 65 consecutive days to seal this breach in the Gulf of Mexico,” we have “failed to . . . corporately ‘pause and pray’ and admit that our efforts are futile without the assistance of the Almighty!” So an official proclamation from the governor was needed.
Ah, that explains it. They didn’t pray enough!
Barbara’s article even gets around to including a few minor characters, like David Barton, creationist, evangelist, and “academic expert” for the Texas State Board of Education. She tells us:
It turns out that Barton is also a buddy of Bobby Jindal. He accompanied Jindal on a campaign tour of Baptist churches in North Louisiana in October 2006, after which Jindal was a guest (two days in a row) on Barton’s Wallbuilders Live! radio program. … So Jindal reveals that he is not only anti-science but — through his chummy association with Barton — anti-history as well. Mills’ partnering with Barton on the Louisiana prayer proclamation simply continues the close working relationship that exists among Jindal, Barton, Perkins [another "family values" player], and Mills himself.
We can’t excerpt much more, because if we do you won’t click over to read all of Barbara’s article. So we’ll finish with a little bit from the end of Barbara’s post:
There isn’t much else to say after this revelation, is there? Except to recall — once again — that, under the governorship of Bobby Jindal, Gene Mills is calling the shots on Louisiana science education policy.
Your Curmudgeon doesn’t want to be judgmental. We’re willing to give the creationists a chance. Jindal’s program should be a good test of creation science. If the gusher is miraculously healed, then we’ll know. If not, well, let’s wait and see how it goes.
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