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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Both Louisiana houses pass similar academic freedom bills!

In several articles, Evolution News & Views reports today (June 11) that both houses of the Louisiana state legislature have passed academic freedom bills by veto-proof -- and maybe even Dover-proof (LOL) -- margins. The differences in the two bills need to be reconciled, which appears likely.

Something was needed to counteract the intimidating effects of the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision. Considering the lopsidedness of the votes in both houses of the Louisiana legislature (94-3 in the House, 35-0 in the Senate), it is amazing that no state has enacted an academic freedom law in the 2-1/2 years since the Dover decision or the 3-1/2 years since the Selman v. Cobb County decision. I assumed that fear of taxpayer wrath over the real or imagined legal costs of defending an academic freedom law was a major factor in intimidating state legislators, but it is obvious that the Louisiana state legislators were mostly not intimidated.

Both houses of the Florida state legislature recently passed academic freedom bills, but the two bills were so different that they could not be reconciled.

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Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

This is a great day for Louisiana and for freedom of thought! And Louisiana has a young Governor, Bobby Jindal, who according to The New York Times and to TIME magazine, favors intelligent design! It's a great victory for academic freedom, and should encourage more such legislation elsewhere. It's a defeat for the materialists and the Darwin-fanatics who want to deprive students of proper scientific information and discussion.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 5:23:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

I've heard of John the Baptist. But in this country the problem lately has been "John the Fascist:" Judge John E. Jones III, who has created barriers to freedom of speech, academic freedom, and freedom of religion. Once the people overthrow the reign of John the Fascist, we're going to be in great shape. And this victory in Louisiana is a leap forward. Bobby Jindal, right on!

Thursday, June 12, 2008 5:43:00 PM  
Anonymous John the Fascist said...

I'm John Jones, His Ruling Grace,
Who keeps all the "low" in their place:
Should they doubt any word
From a Darwinist nerd,
My riding-crops snaps in their face!

(That damn Judge sent me this telepathic message! Well, get out of here, John. Nobody's afraid of you now. Get lost.)

Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual these things arise in the most backward states.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:12:00 PM  

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