Louisiana Legislature: Creationist Climax Coming

THIS IS PROBABLY the final week for this session of the Louisiana legislature, so if they’re going to enact a creationism bill this year, it’ll happen soon.

From the Daily World, located in Opelousas, Louisiana, we have: Evolution bill up for vote again.

We’ve been covering the situation in Louisiana, so for our readers the article contains little real news, but it does summarize the positions on both sides — especially the pious declarations of the creationists that all they want is “good” education, and their endless denials that they want to introduce their brand of religion into the science classes of public schools.

Here are some excerpts from the Daily World‘s article, with bold added for Curmudgeonly emphasis:

A bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the Louisiana House of Representatives could change the way public school teachers approach controversial topics such as evolution, global warming, the origins of life and human cloning.

Teachers would be able to supplement information from a school science textbook with additional materials under the bill. On Wednesday the House passed the bill, 94-3.

We can imagine what those “additional materials” might be that will “supplement” the biology text. Probably creationist tracts, foolishness from creationist websites, perhaps even the text of Genesis — which contains the scientific “theory” that competes with evolution. Continuing:

In the House version the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the school board must approve supplemental materials. The Senate already passed the bill, and with House changes to the bill, Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, the bill’s handler in the Senate, has indicated he will support the change and push it to a re-vote in the Senate.

That’s news! Unlike what happened in Florida, the Louisiana Senate may end up agreeing with the House, so they could actually produce a bill for the governor’s signature.

Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian lobbying group based in Baton Rouge, spearheaded the bill and approached Nevers, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Although executive director of Family Forum Gene Mills said the goal is not to push religion through this bill, the group’s mission states that they “persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication and networking.”

Mills insists that the bill does not promote creationism

Yes, they always do; and it’s usually quite obvious that they’re lying. But in Louisiana politics, that may not be a disadvantage.

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