We found a letter-to-the-editor in support of the Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA). There is currently a bill in the legislature attempting to repeal it — see Louisiana’s 2014 Creationism Repeal Effort. As you know, that odious law is 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).
This letter doesn’t mention the pending repeal effort; it just praises the existing law. Like so many other creationist letters-to-the-editor, it appears in the Shreveport Times of Shreveport, Louisiana. The title is Getting down to the truth about evolution. Ah, The Truth™.
The letter-writer is Randy Passaniti. He’s a bureaucrat. We found his name at the website of the Assessor’s Office, Caddo Parish, Louisiana (Shreveport is the location of that parish’s courthouse), where he’s listed as Department Director of the Land Ownership Division. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
As I prepared this letter, I wanted to read the law that encourages educators to present evidence that evolution is not true. It wasn’t quick and easy to find.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Finding a statute is a difficult task for a bureaucrat in the tax assessor’s office. He tells us:
When I checked the Internet I found site after site that raged against the law. This is a hot-button topic and the proponents of evolution are furious that anybody would dare question “reality.”
Note the scare quotes around “reality.” Then he announces that he somehow found the statute, and he quotes a bit of its verbiage, after which he says:
How can someone be against a law that promotes critical thinking, logical analysis and objective discussion? The law attempts to keep critical thinking alive and well in a society where many of its leaders want conformity of belief (evolution is a fact). Many scientists and religious leaders firmly believe in evolution and oppose any effort to challenge it.
Buncha sickos! Let’s read on:
But, if you are curious as to what evidence exists opposing the theory it is ready at hand, just go to the Internet.
As you might guess, the bureaucrat went to a creationist website. He even gives a link to it, but it’s not one of those where we do our dumpster diving, so we’ll let you click over to his letter if really want to find it. Then he continues:
If you believe in evolution, why do you believe in it? Do you believe it because it was taught in your church? Or do you believe it because it is constantly promoted in newpapers, magazines, books, movies and even in childrens’ cartoons? Are you just going to believe in it because “all educated people do?”
Well, dear reader, do you have the honesty to answer the bureaucrat’s question? Do you “believe” in evolution just because it’s supposed to be the smart thing to do? The letter-writer is bold enough to go beyond that, and to seek the answers for himself. Here’s more:
Have you studied the books and articles written by doctorates from secular universities that are critical of it?
Another good question! Well, have you read the writings of all those “doctorates”? What are you afraid of? And now we come to the end:
If evolution is not true, how will people ever know it if the evidence is suppressed? If good solid evidence existed that lead people away from believing in the theory of evolution, would you want it suppressed?
Suppressed! The evidence is being suppressed! But if that were true, how does the bureaucrat imagine that he found it when he had so much trouble finding a Louisiana statute?
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