Louisiana Science Education Act Ruffles Feathers for the Wrong Reason...
(from the blog) An attorney friend e-mailed me to say:
It's so much easier to write scary stories when the legislation itself is NOT ever quoted. Isn't there some sort of journalistic standard that should at least urge a reporter to quote the primary source?You would think that with passage of a law like the Louisiana Science Education Act, now headed to the governor's office for signing, that the law itself would be quoted in response to bogus charges by malcontents. As we've learned, that just doesn't happen much. A slew of articles have been running in which activists like Barbara Forrest make the false claim that the LSEA opens the door to religion in the classroom. Not so.
Section 1D of the bill clearly states that it:
"shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or non-religion."
Today's Baton Rouge Advocate carries a story that repeats these claims, and while it quotes the bill's sponsor saying that isn't the case, it never bothers to tell readers what the bill says. If people are concerned they should read the bill for themselves and make up their own mind. (end of blog)
Now the idea of freedom of inquiry is making people of the Darwinist camp nervous, because until now, all ideas are good ones so long as they have them. But if there is SCIENTIFIC evidence (note: I did not say biblical or religious) that needs to be considered, people should be allowed to do so with out say...being fired or called a narrow minded creationist.
One of the best, and most accessible books I have read about sorting out religious and scientific issues is written by Oxford Philosopher of Science, John Lennox - "God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?" I commend it to you.
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