Thursday, May 22, 2008

Monkey in Sheep's Clothing

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 8:11 PM

State Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, isn’t a scientist, but he feels he knows what’s “good science,” even if the scientists don’t know. Nevers keeps pushing his Louisiana Science Act, SB 733,

which is supposed to, “promote students' critical thinking skills and open discussion of scientific theories; to provide relative to support and guidance for teachers; (and) to provide relative to textbooks and instructional materials.”

Okay, quick quiz: what’s an alternative scientific theory for evolution?

Short answer: There is none.

Intelligent Design, which is advocated by creationists, isn’t a scientific theory. Scientific theory, according to the journal Science, “is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of FACTS (emphasis mine) that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.”

Sorry, Sen. Nevers and sorry, Louisiana Family Forum, which espouses the pseudo creation science and who asked Nevers to sponsor the legislation, but if you want to teach something in SCIENCE class, you have to follow SCIENCE.

This would seem very simple, but it’s not as we found out yesterday when despite a three-hour debate, SB 733 rolled through the House Education Committee unopposed.

Who are the members of the House Education Committee? Here you go: http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Cmtes/H_CMTE_ED.asp

Maybe you could write them and ask them what constitutes a scientific theory and why they’re wasting the Legislature’s and the People’s time and money on this nonsense?

Here’s my answer to the question.

Nevers can debate all he wants with less-than-honest arguments like “There is no language in here submitted by some secret agent trying to teach religion in public schools” but if SB 733 isn’t about creationism, then I’m a monkey’s uncle, or his great, great, great, great…grandson.

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