How many states have dealt with creationism laws this year? Not too many. They’ve gone down in flames in Indiana, and in Montana, and in Oklahoma, and in South Dakota. The only one still pending is in Missouri.
The rational world rejoices, but that doesn’t include the creationists at World Magazine — a religious publication that promotes Discoveroid causes. Their “About Us” section says:
We stand for factual accuracy and biblical objectivity, trying to see the world as best we can the way the Bible depicts it. Journalistic humility for us means trying to give God’s perspective. … We believe that our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever — and forever begins right now.
Now that you know what we’re dealing with, take a look at their headline: Evolutionists kill academic freedom bills in four state legislatures. That’s designed to alarm their drooling readers. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Public school science teachers want to teach without fear of discipline, demotion, or termination when the curriculum touches topics that are controversial outside the classroom. Lawmakers in four states tried this year to introduce academic freedom bills to protect teachers for questioning theories like Darwinism, shielding them from retaliation. But opponents killed the bills before they could get a fair hearing, raising concerns among educators who might not fully embrace the theory of evolution.
Oh dear — academic freedom bills were killed — killed! — before they could get a fair hearing. How horrible! And they’re so desperately needed, as the next excerpt explains:
“There are a number of incidents around the country where teachers have been threatened or fired,” said Casey Luskin, research coordinator for the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. “They simply cited some of the problems with Darwinism.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Casey is their source of information. Let’s read on:
Most, if not all, of the bills were modeled after an academic freedom statute drafted by the Discovery Institute, which advocates for intelligent design as a better scientific explanation for driving the mechanism of life. Critics claim the proposed legislation is a way to introduce intelligent design and creationism in the classroom.
They’re right about that. Those bills were modeled on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discovery Institute. We’ve critiqued their model bill here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. World Magazine continues:
But in two states that already have academic freedom laws, that [teaching intelligent design and creationism in the classroom] hasn’t happened. As the first to pass an Academic Freedom bill into law in 2008, Louisiana has had enough time for any unintended consequences to surface. None have. In 2012, Tennessee became the second state to protect teachers who challenge students to think critically by discussing opposing sides of controversial topics.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re expected to believe that no one teaches creationism in Louisiana or Tennessee public schools. Then they quote Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum, the politically powerful creationist lobbying operation in Louisiana, who says:
The legislation prohibits promoting religion, which would block creationism, and it prohibits teaching subjects outside of an approved course of study. To his knowledge, intelligent design is not a part of any curriculum in any public educational institution in the country.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As we’ve previously explained, the Discoveroids’ model act provides:
Section 7. Nothing in this act shall be construed as promoting any religious doctrine, promoting discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promoting discrimination for or against religion or non-religion
It’s a clause that presumes to instruct the courts how to construe the law by claiming that it isn’t what it obviously is. That “shall not be construed” clause is a “cloaking device” designed to make the law’s religious purpose invisible to the courts. It falsely suggests that the bill’s purpose is entirely secular — the exact opposite of its actual purpose. And as we’ve said a few times before, that ridiculous “Hey, Judge: Here’s how to construe this law” section of such bills is comparable to a suicide-bomber’s explosive-laden vest being sewn with a tag saying: “Attention Bomb Squad Coroner: The deceased wearer of this garment should not be construed to be a suicide bomber.”
Okay, here’s more from World Magazine:
Still, opponents continue their attempts to overturn existing academic freedom laws and block the passage of new legislation, claiming science shouldn’t be questioned.
Aaaargh!! Even World Magazine has to know that’s garbage. Moving along:
But science is never settled. Discoveries beget questions that research and more discoveries answer in a continuing quest for knowledge.
Yes, we know, but neither science nor society ever advances by abandoning reality and retreating into Oogity Boogity. Here’s the end of the article:
Luskin and Mills say that cycle can only survive where scientists are free to pursue it and teachers are free to debate and teach it.
Why do we bother with World Magazine? Despite their pretensions of being a news magazine, they seem to be just another creationist blog — and they’re neither original nor entertaining. Okay, we’ve made up our mind. Goodbye, World!
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