Louisiana boycott is paper tiger; Darwinists bite hand that feeds them
  . The Darwinist scientists are playing with fire -- their contempt for the public's opinions about science could very well result in a backlash that would reduce public funding for scientific research, particularly research that promotes evolution theory. Darwinists have contempt for the public's opinions on scientific issues even where scientific expertise is not required, e.g., the question or whether to teach both the scientific strengths and weaknesses (or criticisms) of evolution theory in public schools.
Also, the whole idea of the boycott is a paper tiger, for the following reasons:
(1) The SICB's absence from Louisiana will hardly be noticed -- of the Society's past annual meetings since 1960, only three were held in Louisiana (New Orleans) -- in 1976, 1987, and 2004. The SICB might as well also announce that it will avoid states that failed to get an "A" grade in the Fordham Foundation's ratings of state evolution-education standards. The SICB letter was nothing more than a potshot at Louisiana.
(2) Darwinist organizations constitute a small fraction of all the organizations that have held national conventions in Louisiana.
(3) Some organizations might actually prefer Louisiana as a convention site because of the academic freedom law.
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