You know all about the recently-failed attempt to repeal the infamous Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”), which the legislature passed almost unanimously in 2008.
If you need background, see Louisiana Creationism Repeal: Hearing Tomorrow, and also our Hearing Report (in which we said the “wildest witness of all was some woman who home-schools her kids”), and finally The Full Story, which has links to videos of the hearing.
That “wild witness” we spoke of was Suzanne Passman, and as was reported in The Advocate, she was scheduled to have a debate on the subject today at the Press Club of Baton Rouge. Her debate opponent is none other than Barbara Forrest, philosophy professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse, a founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science, and a star witness for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
We wish we could find a video of the event, but we can’t — not yet. If something turns up latter, we’ll add it to this post. At the moment, we can’t even find a newspaper account of the debate. When something shows up, we’ll let you know.
In the meantime, what we have is a video of Passman’s testimony before the Senate Education Committee. It’s really outrageous stuff — full-blown, hard-core creationism — which is why we’re anxious to learn about today’s debate. But for now, this will have to do:
Update: We have some news in The Advocate of Baton Rouge.: Science law debated during forum. Some excerpts:
… Barbara Forrest, a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, called the law an embarrassment to the state. “It makes us look like idiots down here,” said Forrest, who is co-founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science.
Forrest said the measure only won approval because it was pushed by the Louisiana Family Forum, which she said is likely the most influential social issues lobby group at the State Capitol.
Passmann said the issue is gaining traction nationwide.
If we find more we’ll let you know.
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