FROM THE BLOG of the influential National Review comes this excellent article by the esteemed John Derbyshire: Governor Jindal, Veto This Bill! Excerpts:
Louisiana’s misleadingly-named “Science Education Act” has now been passed by both houses of the state legislature and awaits Governor Bobby Jindal’s signature. The act opens the door to the teaching of creationism in Louisiana public schools.
As we reported earlier (Send an email to Governor Bobby Jindal), Dr. Barbara Forrest, a founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science, has posted an open letter to Bobby Jindal which can be used for guidance in drafting your own email.
Now, John Derbyshire is adding his own influential voice to this much-needed effort. In addition to referencing Barbara Forrest’s efforts, Derbyshire writes:
The entire effect of this law, if Gov. Jindal signs it, will be that one cartload of Louisiana taxpayers’ money will go to the Discovery Institute for their mendacious “textbooks,” then another cartload will go into the pockets of lawyers to defend the inevitable challenge to the law in federal courts, which will inevitably be successful, as they always are, and should be.
His final paragraph:
Veto this bill, Gov. Jindal, or explain to Louisiana taxpayers the pointless waste of public money that will inevitably ensue from your signing it.