It would be nice if we lived in a country where we didn’t need to keep fighting this battle. It would be nice if we lived in a country that didn’t drown our diet corn syrup, too, but alas…
In the email this morning was a request for help from the Clergy Letter Project, an effort to gain support for evolution and demonstrate support for evolution and science among (mostly Christian) clergy. The CLP isn’t necessarily needed in UU circles, but I appreciate their intent in the circles where they aim their efforts.
If you know any of our UU clergy colleagues in Louisiana or other clergy there who might testify, pass it on.
A call for help for clergy in Louisiana from the National Center for Science Education
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is currently tracking a piece of legislation in the Louisiana State legislature and would appreciate your help with it. The bill, called “Louisiana Academic Freedom Act” is a stalking horse for creationism in public schools. It singles out evolution as a controversial topic, and encourages teachers to present the “strengths and weaknesses” of that topic. As you know, there’s no reason to single out evolution for that sort of scrutiny, and in other states, such language has been used as a way to sneak creationist attacks on evolution into science classes. The bill in Louisiana was drafted by a group known for distributing “textbook addenda” which advocate for a 6,000 year old earth, which makes us especially suspicious.
The bill will be considered in committee next Thursday morning, April 17th. It would be very helpful to have a prominent member of the Louisiana clergy there to explain to the senators on the education committee why this bill is unnecessary, and why evolution does not conflict with religious belief. If you would be available that morning, or can suggest some clergy colleagues who might be available, NCSE would greatly really appreciate your assistance and support. Please contact Barbara Forrest firstname.lastname@example.org or Josh Rosenau email@example.com for further information, with suggestions or about your availability to testify.