Barbara Forrest on Louisiana’s Creationism Repeal

We usually don’t write about letters-to-the-editor with which we agree, but we always make an exception for 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.

Dr. Forrest has a letter in Houma Today, the online edition of the Courier, the oldest surviving newspaper in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Her letter is about a topic already familiar to our readers, the campaign started by Zachary Kopplin to repeal Louisiana’s infinitely misguided creationism law. Our last post on this was 41 Nobel Laureates for Repeal.

Barbara’s letter is Act should be repealed. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

[We’d like to give you some excerpts from the letter, but that paper is being acquired by Stephens Media, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their content without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.]

You can read about that rally at Barbara’s website: Rally at Capitol to support SB 70: Repeal of Louisiana Science Education Act.

Now then, dear reader, what do you think will happen with this repeal effort? If reason prevails, it will succeed. Think carefully before you make a prediction, because we’re talking about Louisiana.

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5 responses to “Barbara Forrest on Louisiana’s Creationism Repeal

  1. Don’t count on reason suddenly washing over a state whose voting population is largely composed of jeebus botherers who are the graduates (or drop-outs) of a failed state educational system.
    That said, I do hope I’m wrong.

  2. “You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new [South]. You know… morons.”

    Offer free tickets to NASCAR or all the crawfish you can eat for voting against the proposal. And the LFF doesn’t stand a chance of winning.

  3. The Louisiana Family Forum will probable pull out all the stops to stop this bill. Even if it passes, Gov. Jindal will veto it. That’s OK, tilting at windmills is necessary sometimes. All of this will be good if the state ends up in federal court defending the original bill at some point. To the rest of the country, it still looks like we are living in LA LA Land. LA LA LA, LA LA LA, LA LA all the way.

  4. Biokid says:

    The Louisiana Family Forum will probable pull out all the stops to stop this bill.

    The Discoveroids have been strangely silent about this. The creationism law in Louisiana is their one shining accomplishment in recent years, so it’ll be interesting to see how they play this.

  5. Just needs to go to court, this exact issue has already been litigated in Louisiana, most recently in 1987. What the heck, people, what a stupid waste of state money!

    EDWARDS v. AGUILLARD, 482 U.S. 578 (1987)