ENCOURAGED BY Governor Bobby Jindal’s recent signing of the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, which authorizes local teachers to use unspecified “supplemental materials” (wink, wink) for teaching evolution, there are undoubtedly many teachers eager to exercise their new authority as soon as the new school year starts.
We’ve found what may be an early sign of this creationist reawakening. At the website of HoumaToday, the online presence of the Houma Courier, a newspaper for a small town (daily circulation 19,700) near New Orleans, we found this article: Is it possible to live 900 years?
We’re not familiar with that newspaper. This article appears in their “Living” section, but so do items about church events. In any event, it doesn’t seem to be the usual small-town paper’s report on what was said in church on Sunday. This appears as a straight informational item. The author, Rev. Randy M. Bourgeois, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Raceland (not far from Houma).
[We’d like to give you some excerpts from the news story, but that paper is being acquired by Stephens Media, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their content without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.]
Whoa, baby! The reverend is talking about Carl Baugh, one of the old-time, hard-core, young-earth creationists. According to Wikipedia, Baugh’s doctorate is of dubious authenticity, and even Answers in Genesis has distanced itself from this guy. Here is Baugh’s own website: The Creation Evidence Museum.
What did the good reverend learn from “Dr.” Baugh during his 1994 visit?
The Wikipedia article we linked above gives information about some of “Dr.” Baugh’s books, and so does Baugh’s own website. Perhaps his work will be used as “supplemental materials” in the science classes of state-run schools in Houma, Louisiana.
If Baugh’s books are considered too primitive, the folks of Houma could always select from those listed here: Discovery Institute: Their Recommended Reading List.