Jindal's creationist folly

Louisiana's governor - and potential VP candidate - signed a bill that opens the door to intelligent design creationism in its schools

Michael Stebbins
Jul 8, 2008
When the press refer to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, they inevitably mention that he is the youngest current governor (at 37), and the first Indian-American to serve the post. By all accounts the former Rhodes Scholar with a BS in biology from Brown University is an extraordinary individual. So, it was not surprising that his name appeared on John McCain's short list for potential Vice Presidential running mates. However, on June 27, he signed linkurl:a bill;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/54759/ that will turn Louisiana into an educational laughing stock for allowing the linkurl:intelligent design;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36664/ brand of linkurl:creationism;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15273/ to worm its way into science classes under the guise of academic freedom.The Louisiana Science Education Act is yet another attempt to place creationism into science classes, orchestrated by the marketing geniuses behind the intelligent design movement. The bill, which easily passed both the state House and Senate, at first glance seems benign or even progressive: It...

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