Louisiana is saddled with this absurd “creationism law”, which states that teachers can bring creationism into the public school classroom as part of a “teach the controversy” strategy. Zack Kopplin has been fighting this stupid law, trying to get it repealed, but with no luck so far. One problem is that lawmakers have an excuse to avoid doing anything about it: they try to claim that no one is using it to teach creationism!
The Louisiana State Legislature has voted to keep this law despite repeated challenges, in part because it has a fig leaf: No one has managed to demonstrate what is going on inside Louisiana classrooms. In 2013, as I was testifying before the Louisiana Senate Education Committee in support of a bill to repeal the law, Sen. Conrad Appel, the committee chairman, asked me, “Do you have any evidence of school districts or individual schools that are physically teaching creationism?”
How odd. So they needed to pass this law permitting creationism, but now they’re all saying the law does absolutely nothing at all, and no sir, there aren’t any teachers promoting creationism in Louisiana? It always surprises me, how dishonest and devious creationists can be — any lie is permissible in the name of the Lord, I guess.
So Kopplin is chasing around the state, looking for that concrete evidence that bad ideas are being pushed in Louisiana schools. He’s succeeding.
Yet in the fall of 2013, at Negreet High School, in Sabine Parish, teacher Rita Roark insulted the religion of C.C. Lane, a Buddhist student in her sixth-grade science class. Roark told the class that evolution is a “stupid” theory that “stupid people made up because they don’t want to believe in God.” Roark’s science tests included a fill-in-the-blank question that said, “ISN’T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and students were expected to write in “LORD.”
Would you believe they’re still in denial?
When confronted with these episodes, Appel said he didn’t believe that they had happened because Louisiana’s creationism law allows them.
Man, that has to be the most ineffectual law on the books.
Read the rest. Kopplin is collecting all kinds of examples of religious inanity promoted in the classroom. This one is my favorite.
At the Central Community School Board meeting, Mickey Cleveland, a Ouachita Parish teacher, presented a letter to the board in support of the new policy. (Cleveland once told the Monroe News Star that, “Darwin didn’t have the microelectronic microscope. … Science is proving creation.”)
Damn. Those creationists have got their hands on the microelectronic microscope now? Oh no! I hope no one tells them about the quantum fossilometer, or we’ll be doomed!