Louisiana Creationism: Darrell White Speaks Out

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.

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When creationists have genuine facts to present, they’ll be in the textbooks. Until then, sorry Mr. White, but Noah’s Ark is out.

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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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8 responses to “Louisiana Creationism: Darrell White Speaks Out

  1. Another creationist lawyer hopelessly trying to critique science. I hope he does a better job than John Byrd at defending the nonsense. I think White will receive his dissappointment (surely he must be anticipating it) on December 7th when the BESE votes.

  2. It seems no comments are allowed for these letters to the editor. Bummer.

    I just love this guy’s Franklin quote:

    “when men differ in opinion, both sides ought equally to have the advantage of being heard by the public; when truth and error have fair play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter.”

    This quote really disproves his point. (Of course, he thinks his opinion is on the side of Truth.)
    I so wanted to point out opinions, which deserve equal time in some venues, do not equal facts which are all that belong in science education.

    There’s been an interesting conversation at Panda’s Thumb about the nature of creationists’ Truth. Check it out here: http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2010/11/vertebrate-pale.html

  3. Benjamin Franklin

    “People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.”
    — David H. Comins

  4. There’s nothing wrong in principle with mentioning the manufactroversy.

    Of course, informing students that the “critics of evolution” are doing nothing but pushing theocracy wouldn’t really please ol’ Darrell. It’s the only honest take on the matter, however.

  5. Darwin wrote “a fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”

    He stated that about school books?

    Oh, right, of course he didn’t, Darrell’s taking Darwin’s words wildly out of context. For another thing, Darwin wasn’t dull enough to think that we ought to argue about evolution forever like a bunch of people are too dumb to get it, he understood the arguments over the details to be a relatively brief transitional period.

    Quotemining, eh Darrell? That’s so, well, typical of the “weaknesses of evolution” that we receive from the anti-science side.

  6. As we say this side of the pond: Hoisted by your own petard.

    Y see as a Trial Judge and lawyer Mr White conveniently seems to ignore Edwards V Aguillard, a Louisiana case, and Kitzmiller V Dover, arguably a precedent case.

    He then goes on about ignoring evidence etc as how as a legal beagle thats a no no.

    Hoisted by your own petard Mr Buckle Hat.

  7. There’s more to White’s letter. Click over there and enjoy it all. You’ll find it a moving experience.

    I’m going to print it out rather than read it on line. That way I can take it with me to the proper seat for ‘moving experiences.’

  8. eric says, “I’m going to print it out rather than read it on line. That way I can take it with me to the proper seat for ‘moving experiences.’”

    Ah, the advantages of a laptop!