Most of you are aware of the Louisiana Creationism Repeal Bill we’ve been writing about. All the background information you might need is at that link, but as a quick update in case you’re new to the topic, we’re talking about SB70 – 2011 Regular Session.
The bill was introduced by Senator Karen Carter Peterson, and it’s the spear-point of Zachary Kopplin’s Campaign to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law. This is Zack’s website devoted to the repeal effort.
They’re paying attention in neighboring Texas. In the San Antonio Express-News we read Bill would repeal La.’s ‘Science Education Act’. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A Senate panel is considering a proposal to repeal a Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms beyond state-approved textbooks.
That’s right. Today’s the day that a Senate committee considers Senator Peterson’s bill. Your Curmudgeon even has a link to today’s agenda for the Senate Committee on Education. Peterson’s bill is there; it’s the third item. And here’s a link to a list of the committee’s members. It has their telephone numbers and email addresses if you want to contact them (it’s likely that you’ll only reach their staff). Peterson isn’t a member.
Unless you’re the biggest political fundraiser in the state, we suggest you don’t waste your time trying to reason with the committee’s chairman. If you call his office, it should only be to politely let his staff know your position on this matter. The chairman is senator Ben Nevers. He’s the same guy who introduced the creationism bill back in 2008 (see Louisiana’s Ben Nevers: Creationist Doublethink).
There’s not much else in the Texas newspaper, except for the information that “Bobby Jindal opposes Peterson’s bill.” Ah yes, Louisiana creationists can always count on Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.
Well, dear reader, today is important. The repeal bill won’t go anywhere unless it gets a favorable vote in Ben Nevers’ committee. It could all end right here, or this could be the beginning. Stay tuned.
Addendum: The bill failed to pass in the committee. Louisiana will remain stupid Forty-three Nobel Prize winners defeated by six clowns in the state Senate. Moral: Don’t bring a slide rule to a knife fight!.
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