Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana, has a lot of people who would like to see him as John McCain's running mate in November. He's described by some of his fans -- see Rush Limbaugh's take on him -- as a true conservative, something they think McCain is not.
He may soon be tested by the Louisiana Science Education Act, a bill that, in the language of its authors, "promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning."
The bill passed the Louisiana House 94-3 this week. The state Senate already approved an almost identical version 35-0.
The courts will presumably vote later. Opponents see it as a "stealth creationism bill."
Barbara Forrest, a philosophy professor who has been fighting the bill, writes, “The Louisiana legislature tried to force creationism into public schools in 1981, and they lost in the U. S. Supreme Court. The Discovery Institute, a national creationist organization, and the Louisiana Family Forum are using the same old tricks, but with new labels. In Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District in 2005, I showed that intelligent design was cooked up as a new name for the same old creationist arguments, and the strategy behind this bill is no different. Despite their denials, even the bill’s backers know that SB 733 is a creationist bill written in creationist code language.”
More HERE from our Baton Rouge affiliate, WBRZ-TV, which shares resources with the Baton Rouge Advocate.
The bill adds that its language "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 nonreligion."
To see what the Discovery Institute says about all this, take a look at this POST (and several preceding) by John West, their VP for Public Policy. You'll recall that the institute is the main proponent of the Intelligent Design movement.
To see where Gov. Jindal is on this -- well, please let us know if you hear anything. He spoke forcefully in the past in favor of Intelligent Design, against abortion, and against funding of research on stem cells that would involve the destruction of embryos, but has mostly steered clear of this particular bill.
At some point, though, it may well come to his desk for a signature.