Although it’s true I probably can’t say no to him anyway, it’s also true the the Louisiana Coalition for ScienceÂ needs every platform they can get.Â (Also, it bears mentioning that Dr. Barbara Forrest, who’s among those spearheading this effort, has been fighting this good fight since 1981, tirelessly.Â Now that’s skepchicism for you.)
The House and Senate in Louisana haveÂ passedÂ the “LA Science Education Act,”Â and if (read: when) the asshat governor signs it into law, it will allow the teaching of CREATIONISM in public schools.Â
Not surprisingly, the Discovery Institute is merrily “blogging the daylights out of the Louisiana situation,”Â according to Dr. Forrest.Â Â Here’s the thing:Â Louisana is just their first stop on the Unmaking Reality Tour of the US.Â It’s starts, not ends, with Louisana, if they get their way.
Talking points below the jump.Â
Point 1:Â The Louisiana law, SB 733, the LA Science Education Act, has national implications. So far, this legislation hasÂ failed in every other state where it was proposed, except in Michigan, where it remains in committee. By passing SB 733, Louisiana has set a dangerous precedent that will benefit the Discovery Institute by helping them to advance their strategy to get intelligent design creationism into public schools. Louisiana is only the beginning. Other states will now be encouraged to pass such legislation, and the Discovery Institute has already said that they will continue their push to get such legislation passed.
Point 2:Â Since Gov. Jindal’s support for teaching ID clearly helped to get this bill passed in the first place, his decision to veto it will stick if he lets the legislature know that he wants it to stick.
Point 3:Â Simply allowing the bill to become law without his signature, which is one of the governor’s options, does not absolve him of the responsibility for protecting the public school science classes of Louisiana. He must veto the bill to show that he is serious about improving Louisiana by improving education. Anything less than a veto means that the governor is giving a green light to creationists to undermine the education of Louisiana children.
Go get ’em, dear Skepchick readers!Â