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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