Louisiana Approves Biology Textbooks

The great biology book blowout has finally been resolved. At least for now, Louisiana has somehow accepted the controversial concept that science books used in science classes in public schools should — gasp! — teach science and not religion. If you haven’t been following this story, you can go here for background information: Slime-Slinging Time.

Two days ago we reported that a Committee of Louisiana’s BESE OKs Biology Books. Today was the vote of the full board, and the creationists received a major setback.

Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) met today and — wouldja believe it? — they formally approved the biology books that had been fanatically opposed by creationists — especially Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum.

This happened in a state where the legislature, back in 2008, almost unanimously passed the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” law — the Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”) — which was signed by their governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.

We don’t have any news media stories yet, but the National Center for Science Education reports the results here: Biology textbooks approved in Louisiana; and Barbara Forrest also reports the result here: The students won in Louisiana today . . . and again! (Update 12/9/10).

So there you are — an unexpected, but entirely welcome conclusion to an absolutely ridiculous dispute.

Addendum: We don’t know how we failed to say this before, but it’s never too late. Credit for this goes almost entirely to Barbara Forrest. Without her leadership and scholarship, things wouldn’t have worked out as they did.

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5 responses to “Louisiana Approves Biology Textbooks

  1. The Discoveroids have been very quiet about the situation in Louisiana. Their only recourse is to howl that the BESE went against the wishes of the legislators in approving unbalanced textbooks. Of course, it didn’t help that the biggest loudmouth in Louisiana pressing for creationism was Rev. Gene “Red River Holy Roller” Mills, the Bibilical Boudreaux of the Bayou. Yeah, that cup o’ ‘shine probably didn’t set too well with the gentile folks up in Seattle whose sensitive tastes lean more to pablum than Ole Possum.

    My guess is that they’ll unleash their most shameless and unhinged cub reporter, Klinghoffer, to deliver the coup de merde.

    We’ll see.

  2. There are a lot of annoying things going on these days. Glad one of them came to a satisfactory conclusion.

  3. We here in LA LA Land (its not just California any more) have had a rare moment of sanity. In a state where the Governor and State Legislature are intent on destroying higher education (we are facing draconian cuts in the higher ed budget) the BESE has approved new science books for future purchase. The foes of evolution and good science have been dealt a significant blow. Although the war is not over, at least we won this battle. But who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of the legislature this spring. Some more anti-science bills I suspect. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the Louisiana Family Forum and the Discovery Institute.

  4. Nobody’s said it yet, but it ought to be said. Credit for this goes almost entirely to Barbara Forrest. Without her leadership and scholarship, things wouldn’t have worked out as they did.

  5. One of our clandestine operatives, code-named Bayou Boy, has brought to our attention this editorial in The Advocate of Baton Rouge: Student backs good science. It praises the efforts of high school student Zack Kopplin. Click over there to read it. It’s good to see Zack recognized.