Thursday, March 05, 2009

Louisiana Science Education Act: The Downside Continues

New Orleans CityBusiness has an article on how the signing of the academic freedom has had an impact of business in the city. Subsequent to the passage of the act, the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology pulled up stakes and moved to Salt Lake City for its annual conference. CityBusiness writes:

If allowing faith-based theories to make their way into the realm of state-sponsored education is part of the formula to create more jobs and prosperity in Louisiana, you would see the business community throw its full support beyond LSEA. It obviously wasn’t touted as an economic development initiative, but business interests are now learning that even the most innocuous measure can affect their livelihood.

What the governor and lawmakers need to realize is that while measures such as these may not appear to have a business impact on the surface, they could ultimately affect the state’s bottom line.

Let’s hope they keep this in mind before they make their next decision that puts their personal beliefs ahead of the overall interest of the state, its citizens and our economy.

Lets hear it for the law of unintended consequences.

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