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Creationism to be allowed in Louisiana schools

When it comes to religion and faith, everything is inherently subjective, not objective. Simply put, there is no way for the adherents of one faith to know objectively that they’re faith is right and that another faith is wrong. Additionally, there’s no method of determining an objective truth, and because most religions lack any ability to reconcile with the incompatible beliefs of other faiths, conflict becomes inevitable. Religion tells its adherents what the supposed truth about reality is, but can offer no objective proof thereof.

There exists a process that can determine, objectively and without the need for blind faith and revealed “truth”, how reality really works. The name of that process is “science.” It’s because science claims to be able to discover how reality really functions, without the need for – and yet without demanding the lack of – religious dogma, that many believers have felt so threatened by science that they have sought to inject their creation stories into scientific classrooms. Unfortunately, the state of Louisiana has now become the next battlefield in the ongoing science vs. dogma and evolution vs. creationism conflict.

As I reported earlier this month, the Louisiana state legislature, with prodding from the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), had passed a controversial bill that promotes intelligent design, a form of Biblical creationism in pseudoscientific clothing. Unfortunately, the governor of Louisiana is a believer in intelligent design and has signed the bill into law.

This is a major legislative success for Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, with whom the LFF is strongly associated. And it’s a legislative success for a fundamentalist Christian group that worked closely with the Discovery Institute (DI), the premier national organization working to shove creationism down the throats of science teachers nationwide.

If you’re concerned about the teaching of religion and non-science in public schools, I urge you to look read the following excellent investigative article at Talk To Action: The Discovery Institute, the LA Family Forum, and the “LA Science Education Act”. The author, Barbara Forest, dove deep into the connections between the DI, the LFF, and others, connecting them all together in ways that they probably wish they hadn’t been. The most important reason to read her article is to familiarize yourself with tactics the DI, Focus on the Family, the FRC, and the other major fundamentalist Christian groups who are trying to manipulate legislatures around the country with phony academic freedom bills that attempt to make an absolute mockery of science education.

To quote Mad Eye Moody: “CONSTANT VIGILANCE!”

2 replies »

  1. When faith oversees science–which is basically what this is–all I can think of is Planet of the Apes.

  2. The US is in desperate competition with a lot of other nations around the world, any number of which would like to displace us as the “most advanced” culture in the world. (Trying hard not to laugh there. Bear with me.)

    If I’m China, or India, or one of Euro economic rivals, I’m not only loving the US’ “debate” over creationism, I’m actively funneling money to the organizations pushing it. Seriously, if I’m China, I’m giving millions of dollars each year to every pro-creationism outfit I can find.

    Call it an investment in my future.