Louisiana’s New Creationism Law

Of course its proponents would say the new law – which has made even the national news – isn’t about creationism, or even intelligent design, but about “teaching the scientific controversy” over evolution. That, of course, is total b.s., as World Net Daily columnist Chuck Norris mistakenly tells us today:

Flying under the legislative radar this past week was potential McCain running mate and governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal’s signing into law of Senate Bill 733, which allows ” local school systems to approve the use of supplemental instructional materials for teaching science classes.” What opponents are up in arms about is that, with SB 733, teachers could supplement evolutionary teachings with materials on Creationism or Intelligent Design.

Oops. Chuck just gave away the whole game. He’s supposed to say the bill is about teaching critical thinking, or scientific controversies, or something similarly innocuous. But in this rare moment of honesty from a creationist, he’s informed us of the truth: The “academic freedom” bill is not about science; it’s about getting religion into science.

Long ago, Scotus held that states can not teach creationism in science classes. It violates the first amendment. So the folks who published the creationist texts went through their text books and replaced “creationism” with “intelligent design.” I’m not exaggerating; that’s what they did. Well, courts (conservative Republican ones!)  slapped that down, too. Here’s what that court said after hearing BOTH SIDES of the entire history of intelligent design:

“ID’s backers have sought to avoid the scientific scrutiny which we have now determined that it cannot withstand by advocating that the controversy, but not ID itself, should be taught in science class. This tactic is at best disingenuous, and at worst a canard. The goal of the IDM is not to encourage critical thought, but to foment a revolution which would supplant evolutionary theory with ID.”

Now the same idea is renamed yet again. This time as academic freedom. Guess what’s going to happen? It will be slapped down, too. And what the judge said of the creationism proponents in the ID case will be just as true of Bobby Jindal and those who support this law:

The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy. It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy. With that said, we do not question that many of the leading advocates of ID have bona fide and deeply held beliefs which drive their scholarly endeavors. Nor do we controvert that ID should continue to be studied, debated, and discussed. As stated, our conclusion today is that it is unconstitutional to teach ID as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom.

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2 Comments on “Louisiana’s New Creationism Law”


  1. […] John Derbyshire on Louisiana’s “academic freedom” law and Bobby Jindal as vice president: The creationists have pulled off their little stunt once again, […]


  2. Thanks for the post


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