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Thursday, September 27, 2007

A tale of two "faith-based initiatives"

A news article said,

WASHINGTON -- Sen. David Vitter, R-La., earmarked $100,000 in a spending bill for a Louisiana Christian group that has challenged the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public school system and to which he has political ties.

The money is included in the labor, health and education financing bill for fiscal 2008 and specifies payment to the Louisiana Family Forum "to develop a plan to promote better science education" . . . . .

. . . . The nonprofit Louisiana Family Forum, launched in Baton Rouge in 1999 by former state Rep. Tony Perkins, has in recent years taken the lead in promoting "origins science," which includes the possibility of divine intervention in the creation of the universe.

The group's stated mission is to "persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication and networking." Until recently, its Web site contained a "battle plan to combat evolution," which called the theory a "dangerous" concept that "has no place in the classroom." The document was removed after a reporter's inquiry.


How is this Vitter appropriation any worse than the government-supported UC-Berkeley website which gives teachers advice on how to use religion to promote Darwinism? See this and this.
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5 Comments:

Anonymous W. Kevin Vicklund said...

>>>How is this Vitter appropriation any worse than the government-supported UC-Berkeley website which gives teachers advice on how to use religion to promote Darwinism?<<<

Well, one obvious difference is that the government-supported UC-Berkeley website doesn't give teachers advice on how to use religion to promote "Darwinism" or evolution.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well for one thing, Vitter is doing this curry political capital from the religious right through a supposedly non-profit special interest group that, surprise surprise, has deep connections with members of his political campaign when non profit groups are supposed to abstain from political activity as so lovingly quoted by Larry during his spat with wiki over IRS regulations. This is also likely an attempt to win back the trust of his fundie constituents after Vitter himself was outed as a whore mongering hypocrite during that WA DC madam scandal.

In the end, the UC Berkeley website
is still promoting evolution and not any one of the religions that it uses for reference.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 3:14:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>>> has deep connections with members of his political campaign when non profit groups are supposed to abstain from political activity as so lovingly quoted by Larry during his spat with wiki over IRS regulations. <<<<<<

This is not about violating the IRS 501(c)(3) prohibition against political activities by non-profits -- this is about violating the establishment clause.

>>>>> This is also likely an attempt to win back the trust of his fundie constituents after Vitter himself was outed as a whore mongering hypocrite during that WA DC madam scandal. <<<<<<

To me, people's sex lives are their own business.

>>>>> In the end, the UC Berkeley website is still promoting evolution and not any one of the religions that it uses for reference. <<<<<

It looks like the website cleaned up its act, but the website was advising teachers on how to use religion to promote Darwinism.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 3:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>>
To me, people's sex lives are their own business.<<<

Not when the same people make it their purpose to intrude upon the sex lives of others, as indicated by Vitter's support of abstinence only sex education that excludes birth control and safe sex, and anti-gay marriage initiatives.

I wonder if Vitter wrapped it up or made them take birth control pills when he was railing his whores...

Thursday, September 27, 2007 3:52:00 PM  
Anonymous W. Kevin Vicklund said...

>>>It looks like the website cleaned up its act, but the website was advising teachers on how to use religion to promote Darwinism.<<<

As has been pointed out to Larry in the past, the website never advised teachers on how to use religion to promote this strawman Larry calls "Darwinism". It also never advised teachers on how to use religion to promote evolution.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:53:00 PM  

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