Sen. David Vitter gives public money to creationist group

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Sen. David Vitter gives public money to creationist group



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Vitter earmarks funds for religious group

Nonprofit supports creationist education
Sunday, September 23, 2007
By Bill Walsh

WASHINGTON -- 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.

The money is included in the labor, health and education financing bill for fiscal 2008 and specifies payment to the Louisiana Family Forum "to develop a plan to promote better science education."

The earmark appears to be the latest salvo in a decades-long battle over science education in Louisiana, in which some Christian groups have opposed the teaching of evolution and, more recently, have pushed to have it prominently labeled as a theory with other alternatives presented. Educators and others have decried the movement as a backdoor effort to inject religious teachings into the classroom.

The nonprofit Louisiana Family Forum, launched in Baton Rouge in 1999 by former state Rep. Tony Perkins, has in recent years taken the lead in promoting "origins science," which includes the possibility of divine intervention in the creation of the universe.

The group's stated mission is to "persuasively present biblical principles in the centers of influence on issues affecting the family through research, communication and networking." Until recently, its Web site contained a "battle plan to combat evolution," which called the theory a "dangerous" concept that "has no place in the classroom." The document was removed after a reporter's inquiry.

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This thread ties in with the discussion on public funding for religious schools. The American experience demonstrates that such funding will lead us to the point where theologically-based pseudo-sciences such as creationism will enjoy some sort of revival. So instead of discussing real problems such as the shortage of funding to help ESL students or violence in Toronto schools, religious fanatics will co-opt the agenda, forcing us to consider their concerns.

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I thought Vitter was only in the business of procreation...