Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is only about 100 years behind the rest of the world. They’re still struggling with the question of whether or not they should approve biology books that actually teach the theory of evolution and not creationism
We posted twice on this topic yesterday. The first post will give you background information if you need it: Slime-Slinging Time. After that we gave you the day’s results: Committee of Louisiana’s BESE OKs Biology Books.
Since then there have been several more news stories about this hotly-contested issue. Today at the website of the Times-Picayune we read: Biology-textbook debate addresses issue of how evolution is portrayed. You already know the news, so we’ll just give you three memorable quotes from participants at the hearing, with bold added by us:
The biology books “are biased and inaccurate when covering controversial scientific topics,” Family Forum President Gene Mills said.
Any organization with “Family” in its title is either creationist, abortionist, or it’s connected with Charles Manson. Let’s move on to the next quote:
“Every claim you hear today from the Louisiana Family Forum and its allies — without a single exception — has been refuted over and over again, in state after state, and in federal court, over almost 50 years,” said Barbara Forrest, who serves on the board of the National Center for Science Education. “Not a single creationist claim has ever held up under either scientific scrutiny or legal analysis.”
That was great! It’s just what we expect from Barbara. Now get this:
Baton Rouge high school student Zach Kopplin said up-to-date biology texts are critical to training Louisiana students to compete in a global economy. While there are plenty of jobs for biologists, “There are zero creationist jobs. Zero,” Kopplin said.
Pretty good! He’s correct, in that creationism has no track record of accomplishments; and there aren’t any explicitly creationist jobs in science, industry, medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, or academia. Technically, however, there are some creationist jobs — but only in the sense that there are also jobs for those who practice astrology. A professional creationist can make a living peddling his nonsense — provided he can live with himself doing that kind of thing.
So maybe Louisiana will somehow figure it all out. We’ll be watching.
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