An open letter, signed by some 42 Nobel Laureates, has been sent to the Louisiana legislature and to Gov. Bobby Jindal regarding the 2008 Louisiana academic freedom bill, which offers protection to teachers who encourage critical thinking and objective discussion about evolution and other scientific topics.
The statement reads, in part:
Dear Members of the Louisiana Legislature,
As Nobel Laureates in various scientific fields, we urge you to repeal the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) of 2008. This law creates a pathway for creationism and other forms of non-scientific instruction to be taught in public school science classrooms.
The warning flags many of us raised about this law have now been proven justified. Members of the Livingston Parish School Board recently announced their desire to include creationism in the science curriculum for the 2011-2012 school year. Clearly, the LSEA is well understood by Louisiana school administrators and public officials as having created an avenue to incorporate the teaching of creationism into science curricula in Louisiana schools.
Louisiana’s students deserve to be taught proper science rather than religion presented as science. Science offers testable, and therefore falsifiable, explanations for natural phenomena. Because it requires supernatural explanations of natural phenomena, creationism does not meet these standards. Seventy-two Nobel Laureates addressed these issues in 1987 in an amicus brief in the Edwards vs. Aguillard U.S. Supreme Court case, which originated in Louisiana after the passage of a 1981 creationist law: Read the rest here>>>
The statement, revealingly, does not even so much as quote the Louisiana Science Education Act, which makes it abundantly clear that creationism is not allowed under the law. Instead, they refer to the Edwards v. Aguillard ruling and some other misguided statements from ill-informed school board members. Moreover, a quarter of those who signed the statement also signed a 2005 letter from 39 Nobel Laureates, making it clear — under no uncertain terms — that evolution is “an unguided, unplanned process of random variation and natural selection.”
And what subjects, exactly, did the 42 Nobel Laureates earn their prizes in? 17 in physics; 17 in chemistry; and 8 in physiology/medicine.
One wonders, once again, what these people have to fear from a fair and balanced examination of a theory. No other scientific theory is shielded in such a way from criticism and scrutiny. When one looks closely at the science, I think the reason becomes very clear — they don’t have the facts and evidence going for them, and so they resort to this kind of state protection. Otherwise, they might just have to defend it. And we all know where that would lead…