Louisiana Creationism: Gene Mills Defends His Law

The creationists are in a theocratic tizzy over Zachary Kopplin’s Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law that was passed in 2008. Louisiana is the only state in the US (so far) to pass such 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 law was successfully lobbied by the Louisiana Family Forum, run by Rev. Gene Mills. That’s part of Focus on the Family, founded by James Dobson. As we’ve said before, any organization with the word “Family” in its title is either creationist, abortionist, or it’s connected with Charles Manson. The bill was signed by the state’s ambition-crazed governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.

This is Zack’s website devoted to the repeal effort. As you know, Senator Karen Carter Peterson introduced SB 70, which would repeal the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA). Here’s a link to information about Peterson’s bill: SB70 – 2011 Regular Session, from which you can click here for the bill’s text.

That’s enough background. We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Evolutionists accused of politicizing which appears in the Advocate, the major newspaper in Louisiana’s capitol city of Baton Rouge. It’s written by Gene Mills, so you know what to expect. The bold font was added by us:

The Louisiana Science Education Act, which passed the Louisiana Legislature in 2008 with only three opposing votes, encourages academic freedom and inquiry in the classroom: a permissible constitutional objective!

Louisiana should already know what’s constitutionally permissible, because they’ve been though this creationist nonsense before. See Edwards v. Aguillard. Mills’ letter continues:

To date, not a single complaint has been filed, not a single school board has moved to address a related concern and not one lawsuit is on record to correct inappropriate action on behalf of a Science Education Act infraction.

Not a single school board? Actually, that’s not quite true. We wrote a few times last year about the flaming stupidity of the Livingston Parish School Board. See World-Class Idiocy. Let’s read on to see what other goodies Rev. Mills has for us:

In other words, the repeal efforts are a “political solution” in search of a problem that does not exist. In spite of this, evolution activists with a narrow political agenda are attempting a hostile takeover of academic freedom in Louisiana anyway.

Compared to Mill’s contortions, a pretzel looks like a pure Euclidean line. Hey (says Mills) what’s the problem? All I want to do with this 2008 law is force pre-scientific, scriptural teachings into the state’s science classes.

Mills is on a mission. Neither he nor the 2008 legislature seem to care about the Louisiana Constitution which says, in ARTICLE I. DECLARATION OF RIGHTS, Section 8: “No law shall be enacted respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

The Rev’s letter continues:

Evolutionists, not deterred or constrained by the plain text of the law, would have students exposed to a single doctrine as the only “acceptable” theory on a subject taught absolutely without question and at taxpayer expense even if contrary evidence exists!

The plain text of the law? Ah yes — Mills refers to the laughable Discoveroid-drafted section of the law that purports to instruct the courts how to construe it (it’s non-religious, doncha know) in spite of the plain meaning and obvious intent of the law. That’s comparable to a suicide-bomber’s explosive-laden vest being sewn with a tag saying: “Attention Bomb Squad Coroner: The deceased wearer of this garment should not be construed to be a suicide bomber.”

Oh — we almost overlooked Mills’ statement: “… even if contrary evidence exists!” Okay, Rev, show us your evidence. Until you do, you’re not a player in the science game.

We’ll skip some rambling and give you the conclusion of Mills’ letter:

The untold “damage and disaster” predicted to befall Louisiana, her students and business community have not materialized; therefore, the effort by a few activists to repeal the Science Education Act can only be viewed as one thing: censorship!

There’s no need for us to say anything. The comments after Mills’ letter in the Advocate are very good. Click over there and take a look.

There’s more from Mills if you’re in the mood. You can see the same thing published in Family Facts, the Rev’s newsletter.

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5 responses to “Louisiana Creationism: Gene Mills Defends His Law

  1. The New Orleans City Council voted 7-0 on Thursday for repeal of the LSEA! Zach’s leadership seems to be paying off. Perhaps the NO Council does not wish to lose any more conventions from science organizations after the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology moved their meeting from New Orleans to Utah.

  2. vhutchison says:

    The New Orleans City Council voted 7-0 on Thursday for repeal of the LSEA!

    Yes, but you know how sinful those city folk are. Gene Mills knows what’s best.

  3. Yeah, unfortunately NOLA doesn’t have enough power to force a repeal.

  4. Zack: True, but every bit helps. The more support and publicity you gain from any source can be helpful. Great work! – and we hope you can succeed.

  5. Yes it huge, considering New Orleans and the Metro area represent almost 1/3 of Louisiana’s population. I’m predicting that the bill passes the entire Senate if we can get it out of committee, which will be harder.