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July 31, 2012 5:25 PM The Science Problem

By Daniel Luzer

So, by know pretty much everyone knows about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s whole I’m-totally-okay-with-people-thinking-Dinosaurs-hung-out-with-people-problem.

Or, more specifically, Jindal signed into law the Louisiana Science Education Act in 2008. The act allowed, in the words of Bill Barrow of The Times-Picayune:

local school boards to approve supplemental materials for science classrooms. Independent of local action, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education may approve and block specific materials. The board also can field complaints about materials a local school system has approved, with the authority to overrule the local board decision.

This would allow for teachers to make creationism part of their science classes. Jindal’s implicit endorsement of such unscientific, indeed wacko, ideas could make it rather difficult for Romney to choose him for the vice presidency.

Jindal, incidentally, graduated from Brown University in 1992 and was a Rhodes Scholar. So you’d think he’d be familiar with real science.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • JM917 on July 31, 2012 7:51 PM:

    Huh? Isn't Jindal the guy who, while an undergraduate at Brown, attempted to exorcise a fellow student? Bidding the devil begone from an afflicted--in the twentieth century, not the sixteenth--demonstrates a subtle familiarity with real science?

    Jindal and his fellow denizens of Lower Slobovia are in thrall to magic. They deserve each other.

    Just let Romney pick this sorcerer's apprentice as his VEEP. and let the End Times roll.