Friday, July 11, 2008

John Derbyshire on John West and Academic Freedom Legislation

John Derbyshire, no friend of creationism in any of its forms, takes aim at the academic freedom legislation that was just recently passed in Louisiana. He is smack on the money:

Whether or not the law as signed is unconstitutional per se, I do not know. I do know, though — as the creationist Discovery Institute that helped promote the Act also surely knows — that the Act will encourage Louisiana local school boards to unconstitutional behavior. That's what it's meant to do.

Indeed, one should wonder when a distinctly anti-evolution organization strongly supports an "academic freedom" bill just after the state school board changes its policies to include more evolution in the classroom.

Commenting on the inevitable lawsuits that will come when a science teacher starts teaching creationism and gets caught doing it:

Where will the Discovery Institute be when these legal expenses come due? Just where they were in the Dover case — nowhere! What, you were thinking that those bold warriors for truth at the Discovery Institute will help to fund the defense in these no-hope lawsuits? Ha ha ha ha ha!

Stealth anti-evolutionism once again. The first time there is a lawsuit of the nature that Derbyshire notes (and there will be one soon, I bet), Jindal needs to repeal the act.

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