Monday, May 06, 2013

Louisiana Senators vote to keep teaching children Creationism in the public school classroom. Now you know where NOT to take your children for their education.

Courtesy of Richard Dawkins Foundation of Reason and Science: 

Teen activist Zack Kopplin has lost his third bid to see a repeal of Louisiana’s Science Education Act — a highly controversial piece of legislation that allows teachers to bring creationist textbooks and other instructional materials into the classroom.

Bill 26, which was sponsored by Senator Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans), was defeated by a narrow vote of 2-3 in the Louisiana Senate Education Committee. The vote came after hours of testimony, including a formal statement made by Kopplin. Peterson sponsored the identical SB 70 in 2011 and SB 374 in 2012, which were defeated 1-5 and 1-2 respectively. 

"For the past few months we've been organizing relentlessly and having people contact their elected officials to ask them to vote to repeal Louisiana's creationism law,” Kopplin told io9. 

“We lost again this year, but we're making progress. We gained a second vote. And on top of this, it was clear that we will eventually win and repeal this vote. It's up to the legislators to choose which side of history they want to stand on,” he said.

By the way this young man Zack Koppelin is a hero, and what he is doing to protect education in his state is amazing and deserves to be celebrated by all of us!

Besides making them a laughingstock, the decision to teach superstition alongside science has also cost Louisiana millions of dollars:

It is already directly impacting the state's economy. Louisiana State University's former graduate dean of science, Kevin Carman, testified before the state legislature in 2012 that top scientists had left the university citing the Louisiana Science Education Act as a reason. Other scientists chose to accept jobs elsewhere, because they didn't want to come to a state with a creationism law. Carman said: "teaching pseudo-science drives scientists away." 

Louisiana's third largest industry is tourism, and the state generates millions of dollars each year from conventions. After the Louisiana Science Education Act was passed, the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology cancelled a scheduled convention in New Orleans in 2011, costing the city an estimated $2.9m. The society launched a boycott of Louisiana, and the state has become less competitive at attracting certain conventions because of its anti-science stance.

Wasn't it the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, who said that the Republicans need to "stop being the stupid party?"

Way to lead by example there Bobby!


  1. Leland2:58 AM

    And the Justice Department is WHERE?

    If this isn't a clear violation of separation of church and state, WHAT IS?

  2. Anonymous3:06 AM

    Related: My dh is an engineer. When he was looking at a job in Alabama, I talked him out of it because of how backwards the people are about science. I did not want to raise my daughter in that environment, and I am a homeschooler.


    1. Anonymous3:35 AM

      Very smart.

  3. Anonymous7:32 AM

    I love the picture. I'm sure that God loved the dinosaurs too, although I wonder then why they disappeared. Maybe so that little boys in the 20th and 21st centuries could dream about them and play with plastic models of them. But science is what should be taught in schools, not myth like the 7-day creation story.

  4. Anonymous8:15 AM

    When someone,, anyone, can explain who Adam and Eves children marrid other than each other,, That is INCEST, i might, just might listen,, and lets not forget Noah and his band of cousin lovers.

    1. Leland10:13 AM

      I believe Noah is one of the reasons given as to why MANY people have no trouble with 1st cousins marrying!

      You can marry your 1st cousin and have children, but you can't fall in love with your STEP brother or STEP sister? (It is actually a felony in some states!)

      Talk about SICK AND STUPID!

  5. I thought the picture was great too. At first, I (mentally) said, "Awww...". Then I cracked up laughing. The dinosaur looks pretty content though.

  6. Anita Winecooler1:23 PM

    So glad I didn't have to raise a family in such a deplorable system that even considers mentioning "Creationism".
    We desperately need more Zach Koppelins!

    I like the Jurrasic Jesus graphic!

    OT They're BACK!!!! Harry Reid with some good news re: Background check vote!

  7. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Well, wasn't Bobby Jindal also a speaker at last week's NRA convention? Along with the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Ted Nugent? So much for not wanting to be a member of "the stupid Party." Way to lead, Governor Jindal!


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