Barbara Forrest Replies to Darrell White

A few days ago we posted Louisiana Creationism: Darrell White Speaks Out. That was about a letter in Houma Today, the online edition of the Courier, the oldest surviving newspaper in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, urging Louisiana’s state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) officials to reject science texts that don’t teach creationism along with evolution.

To their credit, that same newspaper now presents a response by philosophy professor Barbara Forrest, a star witness for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. She is a founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science.

If you need some background information on the creationism struggle in Louisiana, you can find it here in one of our earlier posts. We won’t delay you with any of that now because we know you’re eager to read what Barbara has to say. Her letter is titled ‘Science’ with no evidence? We’ll copy most of it, with bold font added by us. Here it comes:

[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.]

She goes right for the creationist’s false premise, and then — like a vampire whose heart is skewered with a wooden stake — Darrell White’s argument turns to ashes and disintegrates. Nicely done, Barbara!

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2 responses to “Barbara Forrest Replies to Darrell White

  1. Barbara’s letter was great as usual. Given that the governor and legislature here in Louisiana are in the pocket of the fundamentalists, its good that the legislature cannot dictate curriculum at the college/university level. There is something to be said for academic freedom.

  2. Darrell White’s original letter is being published again today, this time in the Advocate: Ex-judge opposes biology texts.