Louisiana’s Biology Imbroglio: Three Quotes

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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7 responses to “Louisiana’s Biology Imbroglio: Three Quotes

  1. comradebillyboy

    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.

    There is hope for the youth of America. Hope the adults catch up before we finish our continuing transition from the world’s scientific and tech leader into a 3rd world country based on superstition, ignorance and wishful thinking.

    And it ain’t the teacher unions (despite their many other flaws) pushing creationism and religion in the classroom.

  2. comradebillyboy

    Geeze, Curmy, I wish you had an edit button for comments for when my keying gets ahead of my thinking.

  3. “There are zero creationist jobs. Zero,” Kopplin said.

    “You’d like to supersize your number 1 meal? Praise Jesus!”

  4. Hey, Zach has a whole column in the Shreveport Times…

    That’s an extremely well-written article. Very good job for a high school senior. There are places where you can kinda tell he’s cribbing from other stuff (not plaigerism, just not finding his own voice), but overall very well done.

  5. Any organization with “Family” in its title is either creationist, abortionist, or it’s connected with Charles Manson.

    Roger Chapman might disagree (showing my age here).

  6. Benjamin Franklin

    “There are zero creationist jobs. Zero,”

    Not so. In about four years, if you swear you are a creationist, you will be able to get a job selling “cubit-long” hot dogs at a concession stand at Ken Ham’s “Noah’s Park.”

    Then, if you’re good at that, you can get promoted to join the elite 50 person team shoveling s**t from a few dozen animals.

    Once you are experienced, you can then proceed to the elite, very well compensated team shoveling s**t to millions, just like Ken Ham.