Creationist Wisdom #185: LA Repeal is Ungodly

We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled We have an ungodly crowd making laws in this nation, which appears in the Shreveport Times of Shreveport, Louisiana. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and as we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go, with a bit of added bold font for emphasis:

The Times recently carried a front-page article titled “Group seeks repeal of science education act.” (Baton Rouge) High School senior Zack Kopplin, who is on the front line in this imbecilic group, should wait until he has a little more experience in the real world of ACLU actions in this country.

We can’t find a link to that article, but you already know about Zack’s Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law, and we don’t know what — if anything — the ACLU has to do with it. Let’s read on in today’s letter:

The ACLU, an organization started in communism, convinced our exalted and supposedly intellectual Supreme Court to affirm that the U.S. Constitution means a separation of church and state. It says nothing of the kind. It does say for Congress to keep hands off.

Again, we don’t know what the ACLU has to do with the campaign to repeal creationism in Louisiana, although they certainly were on the right side in the Dover litigation. It’s true, however, that some of the ACLU’s founders had — shall we say — dubious political beliefs. See, e.g., Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, who received a state funeral in Red Square. According to Wikipedia’s article on the American Civil Liberties Union, the organization purged the commies in the 1940s, then rescinded the purge and even “restored Elizabeth Gurley Flynn’s membership posthumously.” The letter-writer isn’t crazy regarding the ACLU’s early days, but he’s definitely wrong to suggest that every cause they champion is motivated by communism.

We continue with today’s letter:

It was not Congress but the Supreme Court, educated beyond its capacity to understand, that gave the ACLU a law to go after anything Christian in the schools and public places. This has led to untold havoc in this nation, helped and abetted by the elements that want to force-feed the theory of evolution to American students. Russia excelled in this.

Okay, now it’s getting crazy. We’ve rebutted that nonsensical stuff many times before. See: Is America a “Christian Nation”?, and see also Marx, Stalin, and Darwin. Here’s more:

Evolution is a theory, not factual or scientific. [Aaaargh!!] The article says teachers, scientists and college professors (doesn’t say which ones) are backing Sen. Karen Carter Peterson’s bill (Senate Bill 70) in the Senate. They are asking (telling) students that the “big bang” arranged everything in the universe and somehow started life on Earth with a one-celled animal and, surprise, this is where they came from. … How ignorant can you get?

Hee hee! And now we come to the end:

I ask them to look around and see what has happened in this country since they took God out of schools and everything public. We have an ungodly crowd making laws in this nation.

We wouldn’t want to shock the letter-writer, but they’re supposed to have secular laws in Louisiana too. See Section 8 of the Declaration of Rights in the Louisiana Constitution, which says:

No law shall be enacted respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

So the ideological drama continues in Louisiana. It’s fun for bloggers, but we wouldn’t want to be a kid trying to learn science in a Louisiana public school.

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15 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #185: LA Repeal is Ungodly

  1. We have an ungodly crowd making laws in this country? Ha.

    Pete Stark would be happy to hear that, I’m sure.

  2. “They are asking (telling) students that the “big bang” arranged everything in the universe and somehow started life on Earth with a one-celled animal and, surprise, this is where they came from. … How ignorant can you get?”

    I don’t know how ignorant the letter writer can get but it’s obvious he’s ignorant of physics and biology. I’m afraid his ability to expand into other areas is nearly limitless.

  3. John Pieret says: “I don’t know how ignorant the letter writer can get”

    I don’t either, but he’s doing his best to show what he’s capable of.

  4. Tomato Addict

    >”It’s fun for bloggers, but we wouldn’t want to be a kid trying to learn science in a Louisiana public school.”

    The public schools in Louisiana are so bad that many parents put their children in privates schools, if they can. Many of these are church-run schools, and the teachers may not have any qualifications for the subjects they teach. Kids might actually learn science in the public schools.

  5. Gabriel Hanna

    Kids might actually learn science in the public schools.

    Judging by the ones who go on to college physics, that’s a big if. I’ve had students who didn’t know:

    that the earth goes around the sun and takes a year to do it
    what a satellite is
    how to add and reduce fractions (most of them)

    This was in Washington State, mind you, not Louisiana.

  6. Gabriel Hanna, that’s nothing! My mother teaches biology, and she’s had people come into her class thinking that lions were primates.

  7. Gabriel Hanna says: “the earth goes around the sun and takes a year to do it”

    It takes exactly a year? Hey, that’s no coincidence. It’s proof of design!!!!

  8. Caleb, those kids sound crazy. Surely only people can be primates!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primate_(bishop)

  9. Well, if the letter writer wants me to teach about Godly things in a classroom, then I’m going to teach the students Hinduism. I will teach the creation story of that Godly-ness to the students as facts. When the Christians object, I will appeal to the Academic Freedom laws they put in place and tell them too bad…. facts are facts. Deal with it.

  10. LRA says: “I’m going to teach the students Hinduism.”

    I think you’re failing to grasp the true meaning of academic freedom. It doesn’t mean that.

  11. They can never take mah freeeeeeee-dooooooooooooom!!!!!

  12. I so hope I live to see “an ungodly crowd making laws in this nation.”

  13. “the Supreme Court, educated beyond its capacity to understand. . .”

    I’m still trying to figure that one out. It’s funny, though. Am I amused beyond my capacity to understand?

  14. Gabriel Hanna

    @Kathryn: educated beyond its capacity to understand

    The writer didn’t invent that expression. It is a way of saying that academics don’t understand real life, because they think it all works according to what they read in books.

  15. Curmudgeon: “I think you’re failing to grasp the true meaning of academic freedom. It doesn’t mean that.”

    Right. True academic “freedom,” in the Discoveroid/Bobby “the Exorcist” Jindal sense, means allowing teachers to misrepresent and censor what has earned the right to be taught, and give a free pass to what not earned the right to be taught. It would allow Hinduism and even Raelianism, but the scam artists know that for every teacher who teaches that, ~1000 more will teach some version of Genesis – without the critical analysis of it, of course.