As the Gulf Gushes, Jindal & Creationists Pray

YOU really ought to read Irony as Thick as Gulf Oil in Louisiana, posted at Barbara Forrest’s excellent website, Louisiana Coalition for Science.

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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16 responses to “As the Gulf Gushes, Jindal & Creationists Pray

  1. How ironic I was eddikated in Loosianer as a yooth and polished up all bright and shiny at Imperial College where the exquisitely evolved Olivia Judson scampered around as a 5-year old!

    OK, if not ironic, how about plumbic?

  2. Doc Bill, you seem obsessed with 5-year-old Olivia. Is there something you want to tell us?

  3. It’s YOUR fantasy, CM, I’m just trying to help by giving you One Degree of Bacon Separation, so to speak!

    Best I can do.

    Srsly.

  4. Gabriel Hanna

    In fairness to Governor Jindal, praying is about all that is left to do. The Federal government’s inpetness in protecting Louisiana has left us with few alternatives.

    http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/dutch-oil-spill-response-team-standby-us-oil-disaster

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012118082_oilforeign15.html

    Governor Jindal has tried other things, but

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to create sand berms to keep oil from reaching the coastline originally came from the marine contractor Van Oord and the research institute Deltares, both in the Netherlands. BP pledged $360 million for the plan, but U.S. dredging companies — which have less than one-fifth of the capacity of Dutch dredging firms — have objected to foreign companies’ participation.

    Garret Graves, who chairs Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, wrote in an e-mail that state officials “have made it clear to our contractors from the beginning that we want to use American dredges to complete this sand berm as quickly as possible. … Ultimately, any effort to expedite these berms will be fully considered, but we remain committed to our American companies.”

  5. Gabriel Hanna

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0619/Jones-Act-Maritime-politics-strain-Gulf-oil-spill-cleanup

    vidence built this week that Obama and the Unified Command are walking a political tightrope over the Jones Act and the role of foreign vessels in the Gulf oil spill cleanup. Some Republican congressmen, including Charles Djou of Hawaii, already oppose the Jones Act, saying it drives up consumer prices. Largely Democratic-leaning unions, meanwhile, support the act and are carefully gauging Washington’s reaction.

    Maritime industry spokesmen say boat owners and longshoremen – who are tied to the AFL-CIO, one of Obama’s biggest union supporters – have no issue with waiving the act if US vessels can’t be found to do the job. Yet, “There are American vessels that are completely equipped to deal with this situation with no instructions to do anything,” Mark Ruge, who works with the Maritime Cabotage Task Force, tells Human Events blogger Robert B. Bluey.

    In testimony last week to Congress, Ken Wells, CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association, said the oil spill response threatens to “degrade” the Jones Act, even though the dozen or so foreign boats currently on the scene have American crews.

    “We find that many of these vessels are blatantly ignoring the Jones Act,” Mr. Wells testified. “Worse, we find that the agency charged with enforcing the Jones Act has failed to live up to its responsibilities to enforce the law and to interpret the law as Congress intended.”

    Proximity of the US skimming fleet could be complicating deployment, since many boats are staged along the West Coast and in Alaska. But with Obama yet to publicly address the practical and symbolic Jones Act issue, the confusion is part of what Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz calls an “improvised response” to the spill in part due to BP’s lack of preparation for an unprecedented wellhead event as well as slowness by the administration to grasp the scope of the disaster.

  6. *fill in the story of the man in the flood*

  7. Good grief. Every time the pubbies gain some momentum and put the god squad on the back burner, the gun comes out and blows off a toe.

    BTW thanks for the articles, Gabriel.

  8. Guess who cheers this sort of madness on?

    These guys do.

  9. And when the oil finally does get shut-off. God gets the credit and the hundreds of people who worked their asses off won’t even get a bonus… but I bet the CEO of BP will for “rapid handling of a critical situation”

  10. Gabriel Hanna

    Remember the Northridge earthquake, when the freeways were rebuilt in a matter of weeks, because it was an emergency and they waived the normal regulations?

    The Federal government clearly does not think the Gulf spill is a real emergency, or they wouldn’t be enforcing these petty regulations to the letter to please their union and environmentalist constituents.

    If I were in Bobby Jindal’s place I’d be praying too. There’s not much else he is allowed to do.

  11. Gabriel Hanna says:

    If I were in Bobby Jindal’s place I’d be praying too. There’s not much else he is allowed to do.

    I agree that in the absence of leadership at the top, the feds are needlessly prolonging and worsening the problem. Still, Jindal gets no sympathy from me. When we called on him to do what was uniquely within his power to do — veto the Louisiana creationism bill — he refused, and his state cheered. Now he complains about Obama’s lack of leadership?

  12. Gabriel Hanna

    When we called on him to do what was uniquely within his power to do — veto the Louisiana creationism bill — he refused, and his state cheered. Now he complains about Obama’s lack of leadership?

    One of these things is not like the other. Creationist favoring legislation and environmental catastrophe aren’t quite in the same league.

    It’s not just “lack of leadership”. The Federal government actively prevents people from doing things to help.

  13. Gabriel Hanna says:

    The Federal government actively prevents people from doing things to help.

    I know. Louisiana and the other Gulf states will suffer without necessity. I know that too. When Haley Barbour complains, I listen in agreement. But I have no interest in Jindal’s complaints about bad leadership.

  14. Gabriel Hanna

    http://www.wdsu.com/news/23997498/detail.html

    The federal government has shut down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done. The department says one area where sand is being dredged is a sensitive section of the Chandeleur Islands, and the state failed to meet an extended deadline to install pipe that would draw sand from a less-endangered area.

    Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who was one of the most vocal advocates of the dredging plan, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, pleading for the work to continue.

    Nungesser said the government has asked crews to move the dredging site two more miles farther off the coastline.

    “Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil,” Nungesser wrote to Obama. “Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.

    Nungesser has asked for the dredging to continue for the next seven days, the amount of time it would take to move the dredging operations two miles and out resume work. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday also joined Nungesser in asking for an extension.

  15. Like I’ve always yelled at these bastards: “You can’t have any oil until you admit the actual scientific age of the earth!”

  16. techreseller

    Let’s see. Louisiana and Jindal complain that the Feds take too much in taxes (they do but that is beside the point) and say the Feds should leave things to the states. But when the sh%^ hits the fan, old Jindal says please rescue me and mine Mr. Federal Government. Cost be damned. I say to Jindal, make up your mind.

    Jindal sounds like my ex-wife. Our bank account is too low and I am going to buy all these extra things.