You already know the news from yesterday’s post — Louisiana Creationism Repeal: Update 01 May ’13. What else is there to say?
NCSE also says:
Louisiana’s Senate Bill 26 was tabled on a 3-2 vote in the Senate Committee on Education on May 1, 2013, which effectively kills the bill in committee, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune (May 1, 2013).
We had earlier mentioned that article in the Times-Picayune : Senators again reject repeal of Louisiana Science Education Act, but both the NCSE and your Curmudgeon neglected to mention what may be the best part of it, and it’s this:
Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, said he had reservations with repealing the act after a spiritual healer correctly diagnosed a specific medical ailment he had. He said he thought repealing the act could “lock the door on being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cultures.”
“Yet if I closed my mind when I saw this man — in the dust, throwing some bones on the ground, semi-clothed — if I had closed him off and just said, ‘That’s not science. I’m not going to see this doctor,’ I would have shut off a very good experience for myself,” Guillory said.
Here’s his page at the legislature’s website: Senator Elbert L. Guillory – District 24. Handsome picture! He’s a Democrat. There’s no biographical information about him, so we went to Ballotpedia where we learned only that he’s an attorney.
We’re guessing here, but we assume that the semi-clothed bone-throwing “spiritual healer” was some kind of Voodoo practitioner, deep in the Louisiana swamps. And Elbert Guillory, an esteemed member of the Louisiana Senate and of the Senate’s august Committee on Education, actually consulted that bayou bozo.
Bear in mind that the repeal bill died in a 3-2 vote. If only one of those three creationist Senators had gone the other way, everything would be different. It may help to understand the situation to think of it this way: Elbert Guillory was the legislative genius who cast the vital vote to preserve the oh-so-scientific Louisiana Science Education Act so that the state’s schools will have the opportunity not only to teach creationism, but also Voodoo.
The Discoveroids won a major victory. Oogity Boogity is alive and well in Louisiana.
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