It’s been a long time since we wrote about the former governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, also known as Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist. As you may recall, Jindal’s creationist gyrations made him our sixth Buffoon Award Winner.
In 2008 when he was governor, the Louisiana legislature — controlled by Democrats at the time — almost unanimously passed the Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA), which was based on the Discovery Institute’s anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act. Jindal, although he had been a biology major in college, enthusiastically signed it.
The Louisiana creationist popped today at the web site of National Review as the author this bizarre essay: Learning with, and from, people who don’t agree with you is a vital part of college life. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
While seemingly obsessed with promoting diversity based on gender, orientation, ethnicity, and (belatedly) class, the liberal establishment is far less concerned with ideological diversity. Liberals routinely deny or dismiss as irrelevant the underrepresentation of conservatives in the media, Hollywood, and higher education. My goal is not affirmative action for conservatives in these professions (along with quotas for liberals in the hierarchy of the military, financial institutions, and churches). However, I do believe the current imbalance is bad for universities, liberal students, and conservatives.
Not very controversial — so far. Then he says:
Back when the academy did not automatically suspect the writings of all dead European white men, students learned from the great liberal thinker John Stuart Mill about the importance of free debate and the marketplace of ideas. Trying to persuade others of our core beliefs is good for them, but also good for us. Being exposed to different ideas and first principles, articulated by their most coherent and articulate adherents, is one of the great benefits of going to college.
Still nothing to get excited about. He continues:
For today’s students, who come to campus already believing in inherent bias, systemic racism, gender fluidity, and the need for drastic government action to mitigate global warming, I would argue they are better served by being forced to consider the world from the perspective of smart professors and students who disagree with them.
Okay, now the fun begins. He tells us:
I would make the same point about conservative students who believe in free markets, Western civilization, and intelligent design, but I don’t suspect most professors need encouragement to challenge these views!
Think about that, dear reader. Jindal speaks of conservative students “who believe in free markets, Western civilization, and intelligent design.” What a discordant collection of concepts! Your Curmudgeon has no problem with free markets and Western civilization — indeed, we strongly advocate those Enlightenment concepts — but how does a goof-ball idea like intelligent design fit in with those?
What could be more unlike free markets, or unguided biological evolution, than a supposedly all-powerful intelligent designer? We’ve written about this before — see Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand and Charles Darwin’s Natural Selection, and also Evolution: the Biosphere and the Shopping Mall. Such posts always upset a few of our readers, but we’re used to that.
We’ll leave Jindal here. Although his essay goes on and on, he doesn’t say anything else that interests us. We’re not surprised to see that he’s still a creationist.
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