The LFF is the activist creationist group which coordinated with their puppet-masters in Seattle — the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). Together, these two theocratic creationist advocacy lobbies persuaded the Louisiana legislature to pass that state’s infamous creationism bill in 2008 — the Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”).
White’s letter appeared on 23 July, and it’s titled Parents be aware. We didn’t blog about it for two very good reasons. First, we found a much funnier letter-to-the-editor about the same issue of citizen textbook inspections, so we wrote about that one instead: Dumber Every Day.
The other reason was that the writer of the 23 July letter was Darrell White, so we assumed that Barbara Forrest would be responding to it. We know how well she does such things, so we sat back waiting for the Magistra. We were wise to do so.
Today’s edition of Town Talk has Barbara’s response to White’s letter. Like all of her work, it’s industrial-strength, fact-filled, and totally crushing. We wouldn’t want to be her opponent. Her letter is titled Stop the assault.
Barbara takes White’s letter apart almost clause-by-clause, from his misrepresentation of the “declaration” of Congress, to his citing of dubious polling data, to his quoting of unqualified experts. It’s an excellent example of why we should always check everything said by creationists.
However, we find that it’s almost impossible to excerpt anything from Barbara’s letter. Each paragraph is good, and there are vital facts in every sentence. That makes her letter an all-or-nothing deal — except that we can give you her conclusion:
The LSEA was only the beginning. The LFF’s attack on science textbooks is next. And now the Livingston Parish School Board has announced its intention to consider teaching creationism. This is what the legislature, BESE [the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education], and Bobby Jindal have enabled the LFF to do. Louisiana citizens have remained almost completely silent. With a few exceptions, so has the scientific community. Will they finally act now to stop the assault on science and public education?
Okay, now click over to Town Talk and read Barbara’s entire letter.
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