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Why Creationism is Taught in Louisiana Schools – Seriously?

Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, said he had reservations with repealing the act after a spiritual healer correctly diagnosed a specific medical ailment he had. He said he thought repealing the act could “lock the door on being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cultures.”

“Yet if I closed my mind when I saw this man—in the dust, throwing some bones on the ground, semi-clothed—if I had closed him off and just said, ‘That’s not science. I’m not going to see this doctor,’ I would have shut off a very good experience for myself,” Guillory said.

via Louisiana and creationism: Law allowing religion to be taught in school survives repeal attempt..

That’s why. I wonder if “being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cultures” includes Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Native American creation stories and/or medicine instead of science?

Because, you know, historically speaking, Young Earth Creationism isn’t Jewish (nor Christian)… Wonder if we can teach Jon Levenson and John Walton believe the author of Genesis 1 meant ?

Wistful

Downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Photo credit: Uncommon Fritillary)

I was able to return to the city of my birth for a few days in order to visit my two precious Great aunts. With every visit, Baton Rouge changes. While it is still reeling from the population shift caused by Hurricane Katrina, it is experiencing a certain growth. Most impressive is downtown. Growing up in Baton Rouge, I remember downtown as a near vacant lot full of stories of this or that once impressive event, perhaps even a ghost or two. Now, thanks to the movie stars and their fancy moving picture shows constantly filmed in and around the Baton Rouge-New Orleans area, even the hotels remembered not for their swankiness but for their tales of murdered patrons are once again resurrected.

I lived for a short time in McComb, Mississippi. There was one exit that had anything meaningful. Now, there are three exits, a big mall, lots of hotels, and other amenities. Cities grow and cities die, I guess, but sometimes, I wish progress would go somewhere else. I remember the good people of Amite County that shopped in McComb. Farmers, timberers, and the like. Now? Now the city draws more than the back-40.

I’m not complaining, just a little wistful for the smaller towns of my not-so-long-ago youth.

On the other hand, I’ve always enjoyed leaving this part of the world. I once made it my life’s goal. I remember the first glimpses of the more-than-rolling-hills once you get past Meridian  Mississippi, and the joyous view of Birmingham’s almost-mountains. It was in short order that I would then see mountains and then see West Virginia. I know where I’ll stop on the way home because that’s where I’ve always stopped when I trekked from here to there. Of course, the places are newer and larger, but I don’t care. I get to go back to my home among the mountains, among the good people of this earth, where progress is always tempered with tradition. These wide-open spaces are nothing compared to the surrounding warmth of our mountain mother. The bayous are fine, but they do not drawn the goings-on of the hollows, rather, the hollers.

Maybe the big cities no longer hold the fascination they once did, preferring instead smaller cities, smaller towns, or no towns except on Saturdays when you have to go. There are problems, no doubt, in West Virginia, and sometimes they are overwhelming, but once these people wake up and take their lives back, there is no stopping West Virginia. Enough of this concrete jungle, this view of nothing but another building, I want to see God’s green earth reaching up to do battle with the heavens when I hope my window!  I simply cannot wait to return home.

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Accelerated Christian Education textbooks use the Loch Ness to prove Young Earth Creationism

From the Scotland Herald:

One ACE textbook – Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc – reads: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”

Another claim taught is that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur. It’s unclear if the movie Godzilla was the inspiration for this lesson.

Jonny Scaramanga, 27, who went through the ACE programme as a child, but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism, said the Nessie claim was presented as “evidence that evolution couldn’t have happened. The reason for that is they’re saying if Noah’s flood only happened 4000 years ago, which they believe literally happened, then possibly a sea monster survived.

“If it was millions of years ago then that would be ridiculous. That’s their logic. It’s a common thing among creationists to believe in sea monsters.”

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That’s a little too far, #WVU fans

A facebook friend shared this with me this morning – it is a picture of a t-shirt being sold today in Morgantown for the football game between WVU and LSU. I don’t care about football or sports, but this is classless.

When you use the death over over 1200 people as a joke, to trashtalk, that’s a bit too far

See, I told you – the world is ending, but this time in Louisiana

Map of Louisiana highlighting Pointe Coupee Parish
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Motorists stopped and gawked at hundreds of dead red-winged blackbirds on a highway in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., Monday, just days after residents of Beebe, Ark., saw more than 1,000 birds fall from the sky on New Year’s Eve.

On Monday, state biologists were gathering up some of the approximately 500 blackbirds and starlings that lay dead along Louisiana Route 1 near Pointe Coupee Central High School for testing. (see)

And this time… it has nothing to do with a Republican Governor. Okay, maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t…. But, if Jindel has nothing to do with the end of the world, why doesn’t he just come out and say it?

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