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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Cajuns can now shoot bad preachers

Okay… so now Christians can bring weapons into churches, and so can Muslims and other faiths. Wonderful.

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law one of the more controversial bills from the recent legislative session, one allowing guns to be carried into houses of worship.
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[State Representative Henry] Burns’ [R-Haughton] bill would authorize persons who qualified to carry concealed weapons having passed the training and background checks to bring them to churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship as part of a security force.

I’ve been to Baptist churches where they aren’t too apt to keeping preachers for long… I guess this is a real quick way of shortening their tenure…

Raining Oil In Louisiana

Not sure what to make of this…

As I watching Morning Joe earlier today, the weather revealed that there was a tropical disturbance in coming into the Gulf.

Wednesday night, the tropical wave, which has been fluctuating in strength over the past few days, was centered over Jamaica, moving northwest at 10 mph toward the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters gave it a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next two days.

Some computer models aim it generally toward the Deepwater Horizon blowout and the National Hurricane Center said it is moving into a more favorable environment to strengthen. While chances are low, it could grow into a hurricane.

For more on the raining oil bit, click here.

Louisiana Prevents Guns in Church; Baptists Rejoice

Kidding, of course, its just that there are a lot of Baptist in Louisiana… and they split like hairs

A measure that would allow concealed handguns to be carried in churches failed to make it past the Louisiana House on Thursday.

….Burns has contended that the bill is all about choice. Churches can either implement a security plan using members of the congregation who have permits or not allow guns at all.

Existing state law bans concealed handguns from church, synagogue, mosque, or other similar places of worship. Burns’ proposed measure creates an exception to allow churches to employ armed security guards or authorize any person with a handgun permit to carry the weapon.

….Rep. Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport), however, argued, “If we are going to turn a church into the wild, wild West, how can we put our hearts and minds into God’s business? If we can’t feel safe in church doing the business of the Lord, where else can we feel safe?”

Guns in Church Bill Dies in La. House | Christianpost.com.

2009 Biblioblogger Dinner and thoughts

As you all know, the SBL annual meeting was this week and in conjunction was the biblioblogger dinner. I had originally planned to go to the entire thing, but with the baby being born, we decided that the weekend of family, friends, and the dinner would suffice. So, on Friday about noon, my son and I picked up a buddy of mine (who I would drop off in McComb, MS) and headed south. We arrived in McComb at 2, camped out on his sofa for a few hours, then headed into Baton Rouge where my son and I visited with several of my great aunts for a few hours. Then we headed to my old hometown of Central to visit with my former (Baptist) pastor before heading back to our hotel room to get ourselves ready for Mike Anderson’s seafood.

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On the Road

My mother died when I was seventeen, a Junior in High School, so when I turned eighteen, I had an inheritance (free money?), a car, and I was on my on. I traveled a lot. On Fridays, after classes, I would head off somewhere, Texas usually.

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Things I’m Looking Forward to in Louisiana

I miss the food down yonder, I really do, so this weekend, I will be spending time and money on real honest to goodness Louisiana cuisine.

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