More Creationist Madness in Louisiana

We have previously described Louisiana as a swirling vortex of voodoo and creationism. As you know, in 2008 they were the first state (of only two) to enact — almost unanimously — a version of the Discovery Institute’s anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act (about which see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws). It became the infamous Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA). Since then, the legislature has rejected several attempts to repeal the LSEA.

Not only that, but two years ago there was an attempt in the Louisiana legislature to repeal the obsolete bill that required “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science,” which had been declared unconstitutional in Edwards v. Aguillard back in 1987. That failed too — see Creationism Triumphs in Louisiana Legislature, in which we reported that State Sen. John Milkovich, vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said:

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.

It seems that nothing has changed in Louisiana. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) are reporting this: A creationist resolution in Louisiana. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Senate Resolution 33 (PDF), introduced in the Louisiana Senate on March 20, 2018, would, if passed, commend a former state senator “on his support and endorsement of teaching creationism in public schools.” The resolution would honor Bill Keith, who sponsored Louisiana’s Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act while serving in the state senate in 1981.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They want to honor the Senator whose bill was declared unconstitutional. Skipping all the flowery WHEREAS clauses, the resolution says:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby commend former Louisiana state Senator Bill Keith on his support and endorsement of teaching creationism in the public schools.

Amazing, isn’t it? After that, NCSE tells us:

The chief sponsor of the resolution is John Milkovich (D-District 38), who was the most outspoken opponent of the most recent effort to repeal the Balanced Treatment Act, according to the Associated Press (March 29, 2016).

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s a link to his page at the legislature’s website: Senator John Milkovich. He’s a Democrat from Shreveport. A click on the “Biography” link informs us that he’s a lawyer, but also:

John is committed to his community. This commitment is demonstrated by his ministry throughout the last 20 years to children, including inner city youth, and kids from broken homes. He has assisted in children’s ministries at his home church, taught Sunday school to 5th and 6th grade boys, led devotional services at a juvenile detention center, preached the Gospel at a rehabilitation center for teens, and mentored the young. He has participated in prison ministry and nursing home ministries, served on the Board of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, led chapel services at the Mission, and taught leadership in elementary schools. John is a 29-year member of Shreveport Community Church, where he has served on the Board of Directors, under Senior Pastor Denny Duron, since 1998.

Here’s a link to the legislature’s page where you can follow the progress of this incredible resolution: SR33 by Senator John Milkovich. Nothing much has happened so far. It’s scheduled for a second reading on 26 March. We’re not sure what the procedures are after that. The 2018 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 04 June, so there’s plenty of time for this thing to get passed. It’s difficult to imagine that it wouldn’t.

We’ll keep you advised. Stay tuned to this blog!

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9 responses to “More Creationist Madness in Louisiana

  1. Really, how much teaching do you really have to when the creationist credo basically boils down to “it’s in the Bible” and “God did it”?

  2. This would be evidence for the intent of the legislature to teach a sectarian religious doctrine in the public schools.
    As I recall, the dissent of Justice Scalia was based on the lack of such evidence.

  3. Can’t wait for other religions to demand their version of creationism be given equal time in public classrooms. It should be interesting to see the resulting storm of back pedalling and exceptionalism invoked by the original pundits of such lunacy.

    When did the vendors of supernatural delights forget that a secular society actually protects them from other, possibly more aggressive vendors of similar products?

  4. Mark Germano

    [Insert Being John Milkovich joke here.]

  5. Michael Fugate

    Scalia – trying to cover up his irresponsible bias by claiming “original intent”. He certainly couldn’t excuse what he did due to ignorance.

  6. In colonial America the Baptists were strong advocates of separation of church and state. Conservative Christians opposed public celebrations of Christmas, and what they considered idolatry.

  7. “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.”
    This is a patently false claim. The number sequence “15,20,10” he uses (I verified it from the original source) points to his twisted and illogical thinking.
    In the recent past he has claimed that “The notion of instantaneous Creation has been validated by the scientific study of heliocentric circles in rocks”. We can assume that he is talking about polonium radiohalos.

    He obviously is even more ignorant of science than the average Young-Earth Creationist. The fact that he is constantly hanging out with children makes him particularly dangerous.

  8. Michael Fugate

    “In the 1670s, the New England Primer taught American students the Core values of Patriotism, Loyalty, Honor, Morality and Christianity. 325 years later, the bureaucrats pushing Common Core are trying to replace those Core American Values with agnosticism, socialism and moral relativism.”

  9. @hans435
    Apparently he has pointed to the supposed discovery of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat as an instance of verification of what the Bible says.
    Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t mention Mount Ararat. It cannot mention Mount Ararat, as that name was not given to that mountain until well after the Bible was completed. The Bible refers to “the mountains of Ararat”.
    Ararat in the Bible is a mountainous area. If there is a big boat found on Mount Ararat, it is no more of evdence for the Bible story than is the Kentucky theme park.