Should Strident British Atheist Richard Dawkins Dictate Education Policy to US States? Barbara Forrest Apparently Thinks So
British atheist and staunch Darwin defender Richard Dawkins' official website is urging Americans to oppose the Louisiana Science Education Act. Newsflash for Richard, we're not a British colony anymore.
Barbara Forrest has been scare-mongering all over the country that the LSEA is a secret ploy to get religion or creationism into science classes. And she's been complaining loudly in Louisiana that outside groups are trying to get it passed. Now, though, she's not just asking for help from outside her state. She's asking for help from outside the country!
In fact, the LSEA
is a home-grown measure. Drafted by Democratic state senator Ben Nevers, the bill was inspired by the Ouachita Parish School District Policy which was established almost two years ago. The LSEA echoes some of what Discovery Institute has called for in its sample academic freedom legislation, but the bill has been advanced by Louisiana citizens and has won overwhelming support from Louisiana legislators.
Forrest and her friends, however, are calling for help from around the world. Forrest's letter is being showcased and e-mailed all over the world by Richarddawkins.net. As usual, the letter is full of falsehoods.
This bill is not about creationism or religion. That's a red herring from desperate Darwinists. The bill is about allowing teachers to present scientific evidence that supports Darwin's theory, as well as some that challenges it. If a tenth grader can understand arguments for Darwinism, she can understand scientific arguments against it. For more information on what the bill does (and does not) do, see here.
Forrest's new "coalition" is trying to rile up activists to flood Governor Jindal with hate mail. Instead, why don't you click here and send him a message of support and let him know Louisiana should lead the way to academic freedom and freedom of scientific inquiry by signing the LSEA into law.