Sunday, June 29, 2008

Louisiana, Back to the Past

Louisiana is on its way back to the days before the Enlightenment and probably to the Dark Ages. Louisiana's exorcist Governor, Bobby Jindal, signed into law the latest Discovery Institute derived bill on Academic Freedom, paving the way for creationist teachers to offer their brand of creation science as an alternative to real science and confuse the hell out of the students.

We have our share of creationist types in Texas as well, and I fully expect that they will try to pass a similar law here when the legislature reconvenes next January. Hopefully there will be time for the opposition to rally its forces and save Texas the trouble (there surely will be legal battles if it passes and a teacher tries teaching the creationist pseudo-science "alternative viewpoints") of having this on the books.

Maybe Louisiana wants to become the magnet state for creationism. If so, they might try offering an incentive to the Institute for Creation Research to relocate there and get them out of our hair. Perhaps they'll also pass a law forbidding climate change while they're at it.