The only thing more constant than the dishonesty of creationism’s promoters is their ultimate stupidity. Sometimes it exceeds that of their true believers
Consider Louisiana, the only state so far to enact one of those anti-science, pro-creationism “academic freedom” laws 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).
You already know that Louisiana’s legislature almost unanimously enacted the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), which encourages unspecified “supplemental materials” to be used in science classes. That law was promoted by the Louisiana Family Forum, run by Rev. Gene Mills, and it was signed by the state’s ambition-crazed governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.
Last year, when the Livingston Parish School Board announced their openly creationist intentions which they felt the LSEA authorized, we wrote several posts about it, including World-Class Idiocy. The Discoveroids tried to smooth things over by throwing Livingston Parish under the bus (see Bruce Chapman’s Louisiana Damage Control), but ultimately they just gave up, realizing that no real harm was done because everybody already knows they’re a bunch of creationists anyway (see Klinghoffer: “You Caught Us. So What?”). But they were embarrassed.
After the Livingston Parish fiasco, you might think Louisiana’s creationists would at least try be more circumspect about their true intentions, but you’d be wrong. That state’s flaming creationists are once again declaring their motivations to the world. The latest story is told at the website of 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, and she’s been struggling tirelessly, almost alone, against the creationists in her state.
We’re not going to give you many excerpts from Dr. Forrest’s latest post, because we expect you to click over to her website to enjoy the entire essay she’s just posted. It’s glorious, and it’s titled Did Louisiana Family Forum’s prayer network malfunction? Here we go, with bold font added by us and Barbara’s links omitted:
A national prayer networking group, Intercessors for America, has revealed to the entire national prayer network via its website that the Louisiana Science Education Act, which the LFF wrote and promoted with the close assistance of the Discovery Institute, is . . . gasp . . a creationist law! Their March 2, 2011, prayer alert includes a notice about Zack Kopplin’s effort to repeal the LSEA: “Louisiana Student Battles Creationists.” Uh . . . oh.
There is a similar group in Louisiana, Intercessors for Louisiana, founded in 1999 by Louisiana native Tony Perkins, who also co-founded the LFF and now runs the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. Rev. Gene Mills, LFF executive director, serves on the board of directors of the Louisiana group, along with a couple of well-known politicians.
In other words, they’re all in it together, and they’ve shamelessly — no, make that flamboyantly — raised the flag of Noah’s Ark. They’re not hiding any more. They’re out and they’re proud. Full frontal creationism! Let’s read on:
The IFA [Intercessors for America] is asking its followers to pray both for Zack Kopplin and the LFF [Gene Mills’ creationist lobby] concerning the current repeal effort. But something seems to have gone awry in the prayer network. Maybe it was sunspots.
What went awry? Barbara quotes the IFA’s prayer request, and the bold font is hers:
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in Zachary Kopplin’s heart, granting him understanding that ‘the universe was formed at God’s command.’ Intercede for the Louisiana Family Forum to be given the words to speak in defense of legislation that promotes open and objective discussion regarding Intelligent Design and creation. Intercede that Louisiana classrooms would truly be a place of learning and a place where students can exercise critical thinking skills.
That’s all we’re going to give you from Barbara’s post. Now click over to her website to read it all. You’ll be stunned. Even though you always knew that the creationist initiative in Louisiana was horribly misguided, you will nevertheless be amazed at how far over the edge they really are. No doubt the Discoveroids, who were originally thrilled about Louisiana’s creationism law (see Discovery Institute — Ecstasy Over Louisiana) are all cringing.
But why should they cringe? The propaganda that the LSEA was for promoting “good science” and “academic freedom” and “critical thinking” never fooled anyone. It doesn’t matter that the Louisiana law’s promoters are now revealed to have been lying about its purpose. We always knew that. In the words of the Discoveroids: “So what?”
Now get over to Barbara’s website!
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