Again, this is child abuse. Politicians and religious leaders are going out of their way to make kids dumber and to hide science from them because the actual truth (evolution, climate collapse, etc) hurts their feelings and makes them scared.
Louisiana creationism video: State Sen. Elbert Guillory defends faith healing. - Slate Magazine
During this year’s state Senate hearing to repeal LSEA, Guillory explained that he wouldn’t want to keep the “science” behind an experience he had with a witch doctor—who “wore no shoes, was semi-clothed, used a lot of bones that he threw around”—out of a public school science classroom.
Guillory said he is worried that repealing Louisiana’s creationism law will "lock the door on being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cultures." Have no fear, Sen. Guillory, there is a great place for ideas from many cultures: history class, or philosophy or comparative religion classes. Faith healing and creationism are not science, though, and do not belong in a public school science classroom.
I’ve testified three times against LSEA, and each year, one legislator becomes a star. This year it was Guillory, but last year, Sen. Mike Walsworth provided the best evidence for why science education in Louisiana needs to be upgraded. He completely misunderstood evolution and demanded that scientists show him an experiment in which E. coli bacteria would turn into a person.
If LSEA remains on the books, Louisiana may continue to have an ample supply of elected leaders who lack a basic understanding of evolution.
Another lesson some Louisiana politicians have yet to learn is the value of science and scientists. That lack was demonstrated two years ago by our first legislative star, Sen. Julie Quinn.
Tired of hearing that the campaign to repeal LSEA had been endorsed by 78 Nobel laureate scientists and multiple major science organizations representing tens of millions of scientists worldwide, Quinn explained that the scientists whose discoveries had built our way of life were just people with “little letters” behind their names whom she had no interest in hearing from.