At the end of yesterday’s post, Louisiana Creationism Committee Meets Today, in which we had confidently predicted a victory for the forces of creationism, we were compelled to add a “Surprise Update” announcing that the advisory committee had recommended biology textbooks that — gasp! — teach evolution.
After a sleepless night, we awoke with the hope that it had only been a dream. But our news sweeps confirmed the tragic news of a Darwinian coup. For example:
In the Lafayette Daily Advertiser we find this story, La. panel recommends new biology textbooks, which says:
A state panel recommended Friday that Louisiana’s top education board adopt a new batch of high school biology textbooks, despite complaints that evolution is taught too matter-of-factly in the books.
Stunned, we turned to the New Orleans Times-Picayune and found this: New high school biology books recommended by state, in which we learned:
An advisory council, made up of educators and lawmakers, voted 8-4 to recommend that the new life science textbooks be approved for use in high school classrooms. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education [BESE] will make a final decision on the books next month.
Both lawmakers, Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, and Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, voted against recommending the textbooks. Nevers raised concerns about the costs of the textbooks and the length of the seven-year contracts with textbook companies.
Ah, good ol’ Ben Nevers — claiming he’s concerned about costs. We can always count on him to be a straight-shooter. But BESE won’t be making any final decisions right away, so it’s not a done deal yet.
In spite of those news stories, your Curmudgeon still wasn’t convinced. To get the ultimate word on this matter, we clicked over to Barbara Forrest’s website where we found the final confirmation: Hell just froze over in Louisiana. Barbara says:
[S]omething happened today in Louisiana that is is about as common here as snowflakes at Christmas: the voice of reason prevailed at a meeting of public officials.
What do we make of it all? Unless BESE ignores this committee’s advice and rejects the “Darwinist” texts, the innocent children of Louisiana will be exposed to the horrors of godless eeeee-vooooh-luuuuu-shun. You know what that means, don’t you?
Oh yes, as we’ve learned from creationist websites, Darwinism leads to Hitler and communism and Stalin and the Columbine shootings and Charles Manson and all the other horrors of the modern world. There will be teen pregnancy, sidewalk sodomy, and maybe even worse.
No wonder the devil is laughing.
Update: See Louisiana Evolution Book Decision on 7-9 December.
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