There isn’t much we can say about this except that you’ve got to read the latest post by a Barbara Forrest, a 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.
Actually, our title isn’t entirely accurate. Barbara not only disembowels Casey (and all the Discoveroids), she does the same to the stalwarts of the creationist movement in Louisiana — especially the Louisiana Family Forum and its co-founder, Darrell White. (We didn’t know that White is a lifetime member of Answers in Genesis’s Creation Museum.) Her exposé also deals with creationist “historian” David Barton.
Barbara’s blockbuster post is all about a phoney teachers’ survey purporting to show that Louisiana teachers are “intimidated into silence when covering controversial scientific topics.” That survey was the basis for passing the infamous Louisiana Science Education Act and a similar law in Tennessee.
In actuality, those who responded to the survey were only about one-half of one percent (.0058) of the roughly 48,000 public school teachers in Louisiana. Those who indicated (in a loaded question) that they felt “intimidated” about teaching the alleged controversy over evolution were only two-tenths of one percent (.002) of the public school teachers in the entire state.
Here’s one little excerpt to give you a hint of what awaits you when you read Barbara’s article:
Casey Luskin, a DI [Discovery Institute] staffer who — as his DI bio informs us — is also “an attorney with graduate degrees in both science and law,” has incorrectly cited misleading statistics from a seven-year-old, bogus teacher opinion survey to support the need for the creationist academic freedom laws that DI is peddling around the country.
As always, Barbara is in full command of the facts and she links to even more. Her attention to detail is meticulous. Her scholarship is outstanding. She’s a national treasure! You’ve got to click over to her website and read her post. It’s a vital resource to be used when that same survey is cited in support of creationist legislation in your state.
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