What we’re writing about takes the form of a letter-to-the-editor, but it’s more than that. It’s titled Teach the other side too, and it appears in Houma Today, the online edition of the Courier, the oldest surviving newspaper in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
The author of this letter is Darrell White, founder of the Louisiana Family Forum (the “LFF”). That outfit was the principal promoter of the Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”) which was passed in 2008. It encourages the use of unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — in science classes.
One of our recent posts on this topic was Louisiana Evolution Book Decision on 7-9 December. That will give you the background, if you’re not already familiar with the situation in Louisiana.
We won’t copy all of White’s letter, but we will give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us, trusting that you will click over to Houma Today to read it all. Here we go:
[We’d like to give you some excerpts from the letter, 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.]
Huh? “Evidence of scientific criticisms”? Hey, Judge: We can stipulate that there are critics. There are even flat-earthers out there, and we can stipulate to that too, but none of that will help your case, Judge. What matters in science is actual scientific evidence that disproves evolution — which creationists don’t have. Evidence that science has critics is irrelevant. Come on, Judge, you understand this.
When creationists have genuine facts to present, they’ll be in the textbooks. Until then, sorry Mr. White, but Noah’s Ark is out.
Yes, there has been considerable criticism of Jindal, and it’s richly deserved. That’s because he’s not an ignoramus. He was a biology major at Brown University. His defect isn’t ignorance, it’s lack of integrity.
There’s more to White’s letter. Click over there and enjoy it all. You’ll find it a moving experience.
Update: See Barbara Forrest Replies to Darrell White.
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