Durring an interview on NBC News, which you can see here (the link is unreliable), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was asked about teaching creationism. The subject comes up near the end, about nine minutes into the video.
For what is virtually a transcript of the Jindal remarks, see this new article from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE): Jindal connects the dots. They quote the creationist governor in his NBC interview as follows, to which we added a bit of bold font:
Jindal said in part, “We have what’s called the Science Education Act that says that if a teacher wants to supplement those materials, if the school board is okay with that, if the state school board is okay with that, they can supplement those materials. … Let’s teach them — I’ve got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism, that people, some people, have these beliefs as well, let’s teach them about ‘intelligent design’.” “What are we scared of?” he asked.
Wow — Jindal just admitted everything the Discoveroids have been denying. You all know about the Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA). It was based on the Discovery Institute’s anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act (about which see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws).
In 2008, the Louisiana legislature passed it almost unanimously. The bill was promoted by the Louisiana Family Forum, run by Rev. Gene Mills, and it was signed by the state’s ambition-crazed governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.
The LSEA, besides being a victory for the Discoveroids, has also been a massive public relations problem. Although the entire rational world has always known what the law is all about, the Discoveroids have steadfastly maintained that the law is not about teaching creationism.
It’s been difficult to maintain that fiction. For example, when the Livingston Parish school board publicly declared that they were going to take advantage of the LSEA to teach creationism, the Discoveroids nearly went berserk. See Bruce Chapman’s Louisiana Damage Control, which was followed by Klinghoffer: “You Caught Us. So What?”.
In spite of such embarrassments, the Discoveroids have continued to insist that their “academic freedom” laws don’t promote creationism. See, e.g., Discoveroids Freak Out over Zack Kopplin
Well, now that Jindal has spoken on the subject, the Discoveroids can quit dancing around. There can’t be any more denials. It should be fun watching the Discoveroids’ reaction. They can’t throw Jindal under the bus the way they did the Livingston Parish school board. And this has happened just when the legislature is considering another bill to repeal the LSEA (see Louisiana Creationism: Zack’s Third Campaign). What are they going to do now?
Update: See Discoveroids: “Bobby Jindal? Who’s He?”
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