We recently wrote Florida and Louisiana Creationism News, in which we reported about the latest attempt by Louisiana Republican Senator Dan Claitor to repeal the creationist law that was declared unconstitutional in Edwards v. Aguillard back in 1987.
You can read his bill at the legislature’s website: Senate Bill 156. It’s very short, and it just says that the existing section of law providing “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science” is repealed. You can also follow its progress here.
When we last wrote about it, his bill was sitting in the Senate’s Committee on Education. We predicted that if the past is any guide, it’ll die there.
Now we know the results. According to our friends at the National Center for Science Education, it did fail — see Back to 1981 in Louisiana. They say:
Louisiana’s Senate Bill 156 (PDF), which would have repealed the state’s Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, was rejected on a 4-2 vote in the Senate Education Committee on March 29, 2016, according to the Associated Press (March 29, 2016).
John Milkovitch (D-District 38) was “the most outspoken opponent of the repeal proposal,” according to the Associated Press, saying that the repeal would have “basically create[d] a situation where only the secular review [sic] of creation is taught.”
But wait — there’s more. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has this headline: Watch a Louisiana senator advocate for teaching creationism. They have the video we posted above, and they tell us, with bold font we added for emphasis:
State Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, made the case for teaching creationism in schools Tuesday night (March 29). “Scientific research and developments and advances in the last 100 years — particularly the last 15, 20, 10 years — have validated the biblical story of creation,” the freshman state senator said.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And that’s not all. Let’s read on:
Milkovich, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee [Aaaargh!!], said archeologists and scientists have verified the origin story of the Christian Bible. He said archeologists had found the remnants of Noah’s ark recently. A study of rocks had verified that the earth was created in a week, Milkovich said.
The video is only two minutes long, and the babbling by Milkovich is the first half of it. Here’s another two minute video which shows him saying other crazy things.
The Times-Picayune also tells us:
Milkovich, Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe; and Sen. Mack “Bodi” White, R-Baton Rouge, voted to keep the law on the books. Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, and Sen. Gerald Boudreaux, D-Lafayette, voted to repeal it.
But of those who favored keeping the law on the books, Milkovich was by far the most vocal. He said a reluctance to teach creationism in schools amounted to being against academic freedom.
Here’s one more excerpt, which is also golden:
Milkovich then returned to the subject of creationism later in the Senate Education meeting, when a bill about anonymously surveying teens about their sex lives came up. Milkovich said risk [sic] teen sex behavior could be avoided if God was talked about more in public schools.
We don’t need to say anything. The situation in Louisiana speaks for itself.
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