Today’s news from the Discovery Institute is every bit as expected as yesterday’s news about the defeat of this year’s attempt to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA). The LSEA was based on the Discovery Institute’s anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act.
As usual, this year’s repeal bill was sponsored by Senator Karen Carter Peterson, and supported by Zack Kopplin. Yesterday, in Zack & the Louisiana Creationism Repeal Bill, just before the fatal hearing, we said:
The Discoveroids haven’t yet posted about the situation. No doubt they will. The LSEA is their biggest triumph, so they have to defend it. They’ve never made any contribution to science, and they never will, so Academic Freedom bills like the one they promoted in Louisiana (and later in Tennessee) are all they’ve got to show for the millions they’ve spent, and they won’t let it go down without a fight.
Late yesterday, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) posted Repeal effort fails again in Louisiana. They reported: “Louisiana’s Senate Bill 74 (PDF) was deferred on a 4-3 vote in the Louisiana Senate Education Committee on April 22, 2015, which effectively kills the bill in committee.”
Our pessimistic prediction had come true. It wasn’t a terribly difficult prediction to make. The repeal bill never had a chance. Almost the entire Louisiana legislature (which was then controlled by Democrats) voted for the LSEA back in 2008. The bill was enthusiastically signed by the state’s ambition-crazed governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist. That august body of lawmakers is still solidly creationist, and so is Jindal.
But what about our prediction regarding the Discoveroids? No problem. Today at their creationist blog we find Finally, from Darwin Activist Zack Kopplin, a Journalistic Scoop?. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger.
Whatever else one might say about the Discoveroids, it can’t be doubted that they’re a classy act. Klinghoffer is not only doing the creationist happy-dance about the repeal bill’s failure, but he’s also taking a poke at Zack and his article at Slate, titled Dismissing Darwin, in which Zack gives examples of creationist horror stories in Louisiana’s public schools. Here are some excerpts from Klinghoffer’s post, with bold font added by us:
That was a bit of an anticlimax. Louisiana Darwin activist Zack Kopplin has been crowing since February about what a big scoop he’d soon have, blowing the lid off how “creationism” is being taught in Louisiana public schools. In the wake of what he had to reveal, I’d be “frothing at the mouth,” Zack promised in a series of tweets. His journalistic coup was supposed to serve as an indictment of the Louisiana Science Education Act.
We’ll skip the tweets, but you can see them if you click over to Klinghoffer’s article. Let’s read on:
[I]f some instructor really was slipping Bible lessons into her biology class — teaching genuine creationism — that’s explicitly not protected by the LSEA.
Not quite. We’ve critiqued the LSEA and similar bills before — see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. Klinghoffer continues:
At last Zack’s article appeared yesterday at Slate (“Dismissing Darwin”), and I think anyone would have to agree it was a letdown. We may have more to say on it in a little more detail later, but gosh, Zack has a whole lot of nothing here: at best, several confused or intemperate comments by citizens and office holders, including some who don’t seem to understand the meaning of the word “creationism.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They keep claiming they’re not creationists, but no one believes them — see Discovery Institute: “Stop Calling Us Creationists!” If the LSEA didn’t protect creationism, there would be no reason for the Discoveroids to sponsor and defend it — or for the Louisiana legislature to enact it.
Klinghoffer goes on for quite a while, enjoying the creationist victory and trying to ridicule Zack. Go ahead, read it all at the Discoveroids’ website. And remember, although the Discoveroids claim to be a science outfit, stuff like this is all they’ll ever do. And when you think about it, the only thing they accomplished yesterday was to preserve a goofy law they got passed seven years ago.
All the celebrating at Discoveroid headquarters is because once again, Louisiana has decided to remain stupid. Great victory! Isn’t it time the Discoveroids had something else to show for all their efforts?
The LSEA says: “This [act] shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.” The same language is in the Discoveroids’ model statute. In that spirit, we say:
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