Tuesday, April 16, 2013

GOP's Bobby Jindal: "I’ve Got No Problem with Creationism in Public Schools"

Bobby Jindal may have gottens some headlines when he said that the Republican Party needed to stop being "the stupid party," but he doesn't seem to be practicing what he is preaching.  Rather than telling the ignorance embracing elements in the GOP base to take hike, Jindal is once again prostituting himself to them and has indicated that he has "no problem" with creationism being taught in Louisiana's public schools.  Jindal's behavior is yet another example of why the GOP is becoming the party of ignorance and religious extremism.  Raw Story looks at this idiocy (Note: Jindal also supports questioning the reality of climate change).  Here are highlights:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday said he had no problem with creationism being taught in public schools.

During an interview with NBC host Hoda Kotb, Jindal said students should be taught “the best science” in public schools, but implied that teaching creationism would not interfere with that.

“We have what’s called the Science Education Act that says that if a teacher wants to supplement those materials, if the school board is okay with that, if the state school board is okay with that, they can supplement those materials,” he explained.

“Bottom line, at the end of the day, we want our kids to be exposed to the best facts. Let’s teach them about the big bang theory, let’s teach them about evolution, let’s teach them — I’ve got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism, that people, some people, have these beliefs as well, let’s teach them about ‘intelligent design.’”

Jindal said students should be free to question “controversial issues” like climate change and other scientific theories, adding, “What are we scared of?”

Activist Zack Kopplin has launched a campaign to repeal the LSEA, which was signed into law by Jindal in 2008. The law permits local school boards to approve supplemental classroom materials that support creationism and question the theory of evolution.

It's ironic that Jindal asks "what are we scared of?"  The question is better posed to the advocates of creationism who are terrified of anything that challenges their simple minded house of cards religious beliefs which are increasingly contradicted by scientific knowledge.  And people wonder why American students do not fare as well as other students around the world.  Louisiana's insanity is a prime example.

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