Louisiana Creationism: Column by James Gill

There’s no news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism today — at least not yet — but we found an excellent column in the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Louisiana’s Science Education Act lacking in science. It’s by James Gill, and although you already know the situation in Louisiana, you ought to read it this. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Contrary to the saw, there are plenty of atheists in foxholes. But you’d have a hard time finding one in the Louisiana Legislature.

There are plenty of straight-talking Christians in foxholes too. But you’d have a hard time finding one in the Louisiana Legislature. Legislators prefer to be liars for Jesus.

Mr. Gill seems to have a good grasp of the situation. Let’s read on:

The forum [the Louisiana Family Forum] numbers Gov. Bobby Jindal among its pals and has awesome clout in the Legislature. Using a model drafted by that creationist warhorse, the Discovery Institute, the forum wrote Louisiana’s Science Education Act of 2008, which passed the Senate unanimously and attracted only three “no” votes in the House.

One more excerpt:

The true intent became apparent when the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, in drawing up rules implementing the act, proposed to ban “materials that teach creationism or intelligent design or that advance the religious belief that a supernatural being created humankind.”

Nobody could have objected to that if the bill were, as advertised, religion-neutral, but the Family Forum went apoplectic. BESE backed down and scrapped the rule, although you don’t have to be an athiest [sic] to believe that Genesis does not belong in biology class.

That’s old news, but it’s an important part of the picture. The courts may think so too. If you need a reminder, we wrote about it here: Louisiana Creationism Update (14 Jan ‘09).

That should be enough to get you to click over to the Times-Picayune to read all of Gill’s column. Isn’t creationism fun?

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5 responses to “Louisiana Creationism: Column by James Gill

  1. Of all of the comments I read, one (maybe two) is pro-creationism. A couple of others just make derogatory comments about Mr. Gill. The rest (which is the large majority) very much appreciate the editorial.
    There are more sane people there than just Barbara Forrest and Zack. It just seems the rational people are highly outnumbered in Loosey-anna.

  2. As if we didn’t have enough crap to put up with, the Loony-anna House is pushing a bill that will affect how we choose textbooks. The idea of course is to down grade real science books and allow books that cast doubt on evolution. The Louisiana Family Forum must be salivating as the prospect of getting the public schools to buy crap science books. I guess that’s what you get for living in LA LA Land (its not just California any more).

  3. Nobody could have objected to that if the bill were, as advertised, religion-neutral, but the Family Forum went apoplectic…

    Is there any video of the Louisiana Family Forum going apoplectic? That sounds like more fun than Mardi Gras.

  4. I can only imagine how much bending Gov. Jindal must do to accommodate his Biology background and his pandering to creationist nutcases… He must be seeing a chiropractor by now. Or having back surgery.

  5. techreseller

    Atheists in Louisiana? Where? Mama, get my shotgun. We got some work to do.