LOUISIANA WILL SOON be “teaching the controversy” about evolution in its state-run science classes. The forces of unreason have won a temporary victory against science, which demonstrates how frighteningly fragile our civilization really is.
This link to the Louisiana legislature tells the story: 2008 Regular Legislative Session. When you search the query boxes for the Senate bill, SB733, it reveals that:
06/16/2008: Amendments proposed by the House read and concurred in, 36 yeas and 0 nays. Motion to reconsider tabled.
Status: ADOPTED IN SENATE CONCURRENCE
So there we have it. The bill will now go to governor Bobby Jindal for signature. He’s a known creationist, and because the bill was passed so overwhelmingly, it’s very likely that he’ll sign it.
The neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) are already crowing about this “victory” at their blog: Louisiana Senate Passes Landmark Science Education Act on Evolution and Other Science Controversies.
We anticipate that some over-enthusiastic (and stridently creationist) teacher will get carried away by passing out religious tracts in class, and the matter will end up in court before this year is over.