Teachers and school board members have been scheming to push creationism in Louisiana public schools, a recent investigation asserts.
Science education activist and Americans United ally Zack Kopplin found that some Bayou State educators are doing all they can – including skirting the law – to force fundamentalist dogma into science classes. Kopplin detailed his findings in an article for Slate, in which he said he has evidence of a coordinated effort to bring anti-science, biblical literalist dogma into schools.
You might have read yesterday about Americans United’s latest victory. It’s one I’m especially pleased to see: Officials at a public school in Glendive, Mont., were going to send third-graders on a field trip to a local spot run by creationists. AU’s attorneys put a stop to that.
John Glenn is a pretty cool guy, to say the least. The former U.S. senator and astronaut flew more than 120 combat missions combined in both World War II and the Korean War, but he is best known as the first American to orbit the earth – a feat he accomplished in 1962.
Glenn, now 93, recently granted an interview to the Associated Press, during which he made it clear that he is a religious man who supports evolution.
Last April, I wrote about a bunch of cranks who believe that the Earth is the center of the universe. These so-called “geocentrists” are extreme Roman Catholics who believe that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong to promote the heliocentric model of the universe.
Louisiana is not exactly the poster child for the separation of church and state.
There have been persistent problems in the state, stretching back several decades. Louisiana, you will recall, passed the “balanced treatment” act mandating that public school teach creationism alongside evolution. It was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987.
There are days when fundamentalist zealots do something so off the wall that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I do a little bit of both.
Today is one of those days. This emotional roller-coaster comes courtesy of a band of extremists who have fine-tuned creationism and have concluded – wait for it – that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong: The Earth really is the center of the universe.
Creationism continues to make headlines in Louisiana, where a science teacher is under investigation for an unfortunate letter to the editor. Charlotte Hinson, who teaches in a Caddo Parish public school, wrote to the Shreveport Times after that newspaper published articles favorable to evolution.
Hinson slammed the articles for treating creationism as an unproven theory, and evolution as fact. “That is strictly opinion,” she wrote.
Last night’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the subject of creationism provided no real surprises to anyone on either side of the issue. But the event, which drew an incredible audience of roughly 500,000 online viewers in addition to a sold-out live audience, didn’t just hold interest for scientists.