Louisiana creationism video: State Sen. Elbert Guillory defends faith healing

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The theory of evolution is not controversial to scientists. That’s because all of the evidence backs it. But evolution is controversial to the Louisiana state legislature.


Last month, for the third year in a row, Louisiana’s Senate Education Committee killed a bill to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. LSEA is stealth legislation that creates a loophole for creationism to be snuck into public school science classes. LSEA allows classroom use of supplemental creationist materials that “critique” evolution.

 

To get a sense of the supplemental materials approved under this law, you need look no further than its proponents. Suzanne Passman, who runsCreationEvidence.info, testifies in support of LSEA every year. (You can see her testimony here and here.) She highlights LSEA on her website and suggests supplemental materials from the Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis (source of the Creation Museum), and the Discovery Institute, a think tank for intelligent design creationism. She also offers to provide notes from creationist lectures she has attended; my favorite is “Jurassic Prank,” which discusses “dragons as real creatures” and shows that “people saw dinosaurs and not so long ago.”

You might think that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Brown University biology major and someone who recently called on the Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party,” would not support nonsense such as critiquing evolution with dragons. You’d be wrong. Jindal recentlyre-emphasized his support for teaching creationism in public schools through LSEA. As he said in an interview with NBC News:

“We have what’s called the Science Education Act that says if a teacher wants to supplement those materials, if the school board’s OK with that, if the state school board’s OK with that, they can supplement those materials.

“I’ve got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism, that some people have these beliefs as well. Let’s teach them about intelligent design. I think teach them the best science.”

Evolution is not the only scientific theory that is controversial to Louisiana politicians. Apparently, modern medicine is also subject to debate. Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory had a novel argument in defense of LSEA: It should not be repealed because he doesn’t want to “prematurely” declare that faith healing is “pseudo-science.”

Written By: Zack Kopplin
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  1. The good news is that there is some progress in Louisiana. In reaction to LSEA, the Orleans Parish School Board banned creationism from their classrooms. So far we’ve held off every attempt from creationists to throw out our biology books. And last month’s education committee vote of 2–3 to repeal LSEA was the closest yet. Despite the defeat and the anti-science attitudes of many Louisiana politicians, we are making progress bringing Louisiana into the 21st century.

    LOOK! Real science education in Louisiana DESPITE the stupidity of its politicians!
    Perhaps the next generation, will in a decade or two, be able to arrange care-homes for retarded geriatric politicians with resident psychiatric carers to see that their la-la land is contained safely behind closed padded doors, where they can debate and vote on, as much woo as they like ! !

  2. The premise of this whole fake money scamming unreligion was entirely discussed by me age 8… Q. Who made god ?
    A. He was always there…Q. That doesn’t sound right, how do we know that ….A. Have Faith….I stopped asking the stupid religious people questions after that and asked my science teachers instead…..Whats faith ? I thought as a child – thats just a lie its not possible and I’m not stupid enough to believe that…you can keep faith…..

  3. It’s been said many times before, but it’s always worth repeating that these particular numbskull Christians and their ilk elsewhere are the very first people to take adavantage of the benefits of science when it suits them. Yet they would teach kids about witch doctory and a 6000 year old Earth as science ! They seem to pride themselves in their lack of scientific knowledge and their scorn for scientists.

    Let’s hope they don’t need any modern medicine or to travel by plane or automobile, or to use a mobile phone or computer, or to heed the weather forecast or to…………ad infinitum.

    Bloody hypocrites !

    • In reply to #3 by Mr DArcy:

      It’s been said many times before, but it’s always worth repeating that these particular numbskull Christians and their ilk elsewhere are the very first people to take adavantage of the benefits of science when it suits them. Yet they would teach kids about witch doctory and a 6000 year old Earth as…

      Reminds of the lady holding this sign, which doesn’t appear to be handwritten:

      http://www.markallencam.com/ComputerDevilGayLady.jpg

  4. onona:

    Surely if, as these creationist loons claim, we lived together with dinosaurs, there’d be plenty of cave art and such showing this? And yet, there’s… insert rolling tumbleweed… none

    I particularly like the tumbleweed ! It brings to mind all those wide open spaces and the ghost towns of the Christian minds !

  5. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: “We’re just making sure that Louisiana’s sterling reputation for stupidity isn’t ever tarnished by even a whiff of common sense or intelligence.”

  6. Creationists are well aware their arguments are lies. They have carefully explored various lies until they found ones that snared the uneducated. Most of these are straw men arguments where they deliberately misrepresent evolution such as the Hoyle/Anthony Robbins jet spontaneously forming during a tornado in a junkyard. Hoyle was a cunning liar. Robbins is just a willfully ignorant boob. What they are doing is thus a criminal activity. They are trying to destroy the education of children. They don’t care. They are so selfish they want to brand kids with their particular screwball sect of Christianity at all costs.

    What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian
    church… a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would
    accept them.

    ~ Martin Luther 483-11-10 1546-02-18

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