NCSE just alerted me to a bill in congress that has an earmark for a pro-creationist group:

“The United States Senate is poised to fund the development of an
antievolution “science education program” in Louisiana. Please contact your senators to ask them to remove the earmark from the Improvement of Education, Title III Fund.

Please do this today. It is possible that the bill will be voted on as
early as Tuesday, October 16, 2007.”

You can read more about the bill here:

“Sen. David Vitter, R-La., earmarked $100,000 in a spending bill for a Louisiana Christian group that has challenged the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public school system and to which he has political ties,” ….Buried in the Senate Appropriations Committee’s version of the appropriations bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education is a provision allocating funds to the Louisiana Family Forum of Baton Rouge “to develop a plan to promote better science education.” The bill is presently awaiting action on the floor of the Senate.

In a written statement, Vitter explained, “This program helps supplement and support educators and school systems that would like to offer all of the explanations in the study of controversial science topics such as global warming and the life sciences.”

Posted by Gwen Pearson

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3 Comments

  1. Here’s a copy of their sample letter, BTW:

    SAMPLE LETTER

    Dear Senator …,

    I am deeply concerned about an anti-science earmark in the FY 2008 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill’s Committee Report. Please remove this earmark, which would fund unconstitutional religious interference in public school science education.

    The earmark, sponsored by Louisiana Senator David Vitter, would fund creationist evangelism by the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF). The group has a history of trying to undermine evolution education, and promote creationism, in the public schools.

    Federal courts have examined arguments and tactics like those advocated by the LFF and have consistently ruled that no form of creationism can be taught in public schools. Federal funds should not be used to promote unconstitutional actions.

    Our public schools must provide our children with accurate scientific information, uncompromised by narrow sectarian objections to evolutionary biology and related scientific fields. This earmark would fund misinformation and breach constitutional protections.

    Please remove the earmark.

    Sincerely,

  2. “all of the explanations in the study of controversial science topics such as global warming and the life sciences”

    So they’re selling it as anti-global warming propaganda, and expecting the republican senators will salivate at that like conditioned dogs.

  3. Perhaps Sen. Vitter feels that this will help is conservative Christian costituents to forget about that unfortunate incident involving the D.C. madame and all of those nasty allegations about patronizing prostitutes.

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