Louisiana has passed it’s “academic freedom” bill with a vote of 94-3.
There was no vocal opposition, and the floor speech by Rep. Frank Hoffman made clear that the bill was about science, not religion.
“This bill promotes good science education by protecting the academic freedom of science teachers,” said Dr. John West, Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at Discovery Institute. “Critics who claim the bill promotes religion instead of science either haven’t read the bill or are putting up a smokescreen to divert attention from the censorship that has been going on.”
According to the bill, upon the request of a local school district, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must “allow and assist teachers, principals, and other school administrators to create and foster an environment … that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”
The bill expressly states that it “shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine.”
That’s good that they want to get students to think critically and objectively. I’m all for that. That’s good that it states that it shouldn’t promote religion. But the red flags should have gone up when it singled out (though it’s not limited to) evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.
Granted, global warming probably has more of a political agenda than a religious agenda, but it’s clear that they’re trying to taint science education here.
Origins of life… has some different views on it. Global warming… has some controversy over how much of it really is caused by humans. Human cloning… even if I don’t smell a religious agenda here too does have secular ethical concerns too.
I’d be more than happy for them to ask teachers to present opposing theories of the evolution of life… if there were any scientific ones. The only ones I can think of which people can try to call “theories” are creationism, intelligent design, Rael, and whatever you call what all those UFO enthusiasts believe. Obviously, the first three have religious agendas behind them (the first two having already been ruled unconstitutional), and the fourth is just absurd. It’s a bit useless to talk about opposing theories of evolution, now is it?
But we know what’s going to happen. Some teacher is going to continue denying that intelligent design is religious because the Dipshit Discovery Institute which is supporting the bill is still denying it, and they’ll teach it like it’s a valid scientific theory unless a parent complains. Bible Belt America, everybody!
Come on, NCSE, you’re going to come and stop this ignunce soon, right? You’re going to appear on a brilliantly glowing white horse with shining armor of objectivity and sharp swords of truth and take on the fools trying to do this. They may breathe flames of willful ignorance, the heat trying to warp and distort science, but you will put an end to the madness. Right? Right?
Is anybody going to stop this? Anybody? Anybody? Any-
Ok, seriously. I’m sick of Ben Stein. That’s just getting old. I will never do that again.