AS YOU KNOW, Louisiana is one of the last states that still might enact one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, anti-reason laws being promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
Aside from Louisiana, Michigan may yet adopt such lunatic legislation; and Texas is in the throes of its own “strengths and weaknesses” problems, which we discuss elsewhere.
In the Town Talk, from Alexandria, La., we read: Final weeks of La. session leave many issues to settle. Here are some excerpts, with bold added for Curmudgeonly emphasis:
State lawmakers are looking at a hectic two weeks as the 2008 legislative session draws to a close with many major issues yet to be settled.
Although the session doesn’t end until June 23, the deadline for final passage of bills is June 20. Any bills not completely through the process that day are dead.
After discussing a number of pending issues, including chemical castration of sex offenders, concealed weapons on college campuses, a legislative pay raise, etc., the article says:
The Louisiana Science Education Act also is coming before the House for final approval.
The bill says BESE, upon request by a school board, “shall allow and assist” teachers and administrators to “create and foster an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”
The bill says teachers must present what’s in textbooks before expanding with other materials.
Opponents say it sets the state up for another lengthy and expensive battle over teaching creationism in schools. Proponents say it encourages discussion of different theories.
At least we know how much longer this madness will play itself out. June 20 appears to be the deadline.