Yes folks, from that man who brought you chemical castration, here's a new law that allows schools to permit science teachers with religious agendas to teach religion in science classes.
Chalk one up for the ignorance of the American public!
nola.comJindal signature renews evolution debate
6/27/2008, 5:05 a.m. CDT
The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Governor Bobby Jindal has signed the legislation that renewed the debate in Louisiana over the role of religion in the class room.
Jindal signed Senate Bill 733 by Ben Nevers of Bogalusa, which supporters say is designed to open up "critical thinking" about scientific topics such as evolution, cloning and global warming. Opponents say the bill is really a veiled attempt to introduce religious views about man's creation into public school science classes.
The Legislature's Web site says the bill was signed earlier this week.
The bill says teachers must stick to approved science text books, but can supplement those books with other materials about scientific topics.
The new bill doesn’t mention either creationism or its close cousin, intelligent design. It explicitly disavows any intent to promote a religious doctrine. It doesn’t try to ban Darwin from the classroom or order schools to do anything. It simply requires the state board of education, if asked by local school districts, to help create an environment that promotes “critical thinking” and “objective discussion” about not only evolution and the origins of life but also about global warming and human cloning, two other bÍtes noires of the right. Teachers would be required to teach the standard textbook but could use supplementary materials to critique it.
That may seem harmless. But it would have the pernicious effect of implying that evolution is only weakly supported and that there are valid competing scientific theories when there are not. In school districts foolish enough to head down this path, the students will likely emerge with a shakier understanding of science.
This is excellent news for all those countries competing with the United States economically and technologically. Their educational advantage over America just got that much stronger.
Not such excellent news for our Constitution, though. Oh well, I guess that antiquated document will just have to take a backseat to the theocratic agenda of Jindal and the religious right...