Darwinist Objections to Louisiana Academic Freedom Bill Based (Predictably) upon Misinformation
An academic freedom bill has been submitted in the state of Louisiana, and Darwinists have been quick to claim that the bill promotes religion. Columnist James Gill followed the Darwinist talking points perfectly in his editorial in The Times-Picayune, using the fear-mongering tactic of claiming that this bill is part of a "creationist attack" and that "[t]he bill is of no conceivable benefit to anyone but Christian proselytizers."
So what exactly does this bill's dangerous "attack" say? The language of the bill simply states that "teachers shall be permitted to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories pertinent to the course being taught." The only people who would find such language threatening are those who would oppose an objective discussion of the scientific strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories like neo-Darwinism.
Moreover, the bill expressly states that it "only protects the teaching of scientific information" and 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." How this bill only benefits "Christian proselytizers" is beyond me--it should benefit anyone who truly cares about objective scientific inquiry, regardless of their religious beliefs. James Gill dismisses the actual text of the bill because his reasons for opposing this legislation are clear: what he finds objectionable about this bill is that it makes it very difficult to suppress the teaching of scientific information that is critical of Darwinism.
The debate over academic freedom legislation is predictably political, and it nearly always goes something like this:
Those who are interested in academic freedom legislation should have no misconceptions about what is really happening here: For the Darwin-skeptics, this is about upholding the important value of academic freedom and the freedom to pursue legitimate scientific inquiry. For the Darwinists who oppose the bill, this battle is about falsely appealing to people's emotions and fears in order to suppress the teaching of scientific information that challenges evolution. If you don't believe me, read the text of the bill and ask yourself if the attacks of the Darwinists bear any relation to the reality of what the bill actually says.