The state of Louisiana has long been a foul sinkhole of creationism. See Who Sucked the Brains out of Louisiana? Here’s some background if you’re new to this situation. Our regular readers can skip the next few indented paragraphs:
Louisiana is the only state in the US that can boast of passing an anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” law modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
The Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”) was passed in 2008. It encourages the use of unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — in science classes. We refer it as Louisiana’s “Every Child an Idiot” law; but we also deploy other pejorative labels. The LSEA was enacted notwithstanding a landmark decision from the US Supreme Court striking down Louisiana’s earlier creationism law (see: Edwards v. Aguillard).
Virtually the entire state of Louisiana is a creationist wasteland. That includes their governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist (who is also a winner of your Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award). Although he had been a biology major in college, Jindal signed the bill after it was passed almost unanimously by the state legislature, led by the bill’s sponsor, senator Ben Nevers. (See Louisiana’s Ben Nevers: Creationist Doublethink.)
Let us not forget the state-level promoters of the LSEA, who appear to function as fellow-travelers and obedient servants of their Discoveroid puppet-masters in Seattle. There is Darrell White, founder of the Louisiana Family Forum (the “LFF”), and also Gene Mills, president of the LFF.
Almost the lone voice of sanity in that benighted state has been philosophy professor Barbara Forrest, a star witness for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. She is founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science.
Now you know what’s wrong with Louisiana. But just as things seemed hopeless, we have some good news from that state. You may find this difficult to believe, but there’s an effort under way to repeal the horribly misnamed Louisiana Science Education Act. At Barbara Forrest’s website we read: The Repeal Effort Has Begun. Barbara says:
Zachary Kopplin, the Baton Rouge Magnet High School senior who has mounted an effort to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, has just issued a press release. It is the official kick-off of his campaign to get this creationist law repealed. The Louisiana Coalition for Science is proud to be working with Zack in this effort.
This is fantastic! A high school student is trying to undo the madness imposed on the state by almost the entire legislature, their creationist-exorcist Governor, and that creationist activism group with the give-away code-word “Family” in its name (any organization with the word “Family” in its title is either creationist, abortionist, or it’s connected with Charles Manson).
Barbara gives a link to Zack’s press release announcing his campaign: High School Student Launches Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law. The lead paragraph says:
Building upon a grassroots effort last winter that was successful in fighting off efforts to insert creationism into Louisiana science textbooks, Baton Rouge Magnet High School Senior Zack Kopplin is helping lead an effort to have the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) repealed during the Louisiana Legislature’s 2011 Regular Session. State Senator Karen Carter Peterson (New Orleans) has announced that she will sponsor the repeal legislation.
Zack has already lined up a state senator who will sponsor the repeal bill! According to the press release, he’s been on the radio and he’s been the subject of an op-ed. And now he has the enthusiastic support of Barbara Forrest. Compared to that, your humble Curmudgeon’s support means little, but Zack’s got it. We’re with Zack!
Read Zack’s entire press release. And keep your eye on this kid; he’s formidable!
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