I'm behind the curve on this news as well, but it's time to put my oar in regarding the Louisiana creationist legislation, Senate Bill 733, which has somehow made its way to the desk of Governor Bobby Jindal (R).
The danger of this bill is just like that of every other "science education" or "academic freedom" bill proposed: it is concerned with precisely the opposite of "education" and "freedom".
The Louisiana Coalition for Science has more details on their site, and Barbara Forrest's calls for assistance have also appeared in any number of locations, including Richard Dawkins' site and a large number of blogs. An editorial in yesterday's New York Times also makes the case against this bill. Dr Forrest has called for assistance, asking that anyone who does not want to see their own state or county or province be next should write to Governor Jindal. Jindal holds a degree in biology and public policy from Brown University, so it could be hoped that he would know the difference. But if he has forgotten, it may be a good idea to remind him.
Here, for the sake of interest, is the text of my email to him:
Governor Jindal,I hope that you will neither sign nor allow to pass into law unsigned the piece of legislation before you known as SB733.You have no doubt heard many arguments against this legislation already. If you should retain any vestige of your academic training, you will know that these objections are fundamentally correct. You will also understand that those who sympathise with the goals of this legislation do so from motives which are less honourable than they would claim. You've heard of the Wedge Strategy. You know the real motives of the Discovery Institute. If you don't, these things are easily discovered.If you fail to veto this bill, not only will you demonstrate yourself to be sadly unworthy of the academic honours which you hold, but you will have shown your disdain for the real world and for the reputation of the State of Louisiana.It will take work to undo the damage wrought by creationists acting in America and around the world. It will take time. Do you really wish to distract in the least from the work of saving this country - and possibly the world - from the bloody-minded follies of the last seven years to have to once again hash out this point?I would urge you - do not allow this to pass. If you have any sense at all of the weight of this decision, you have but one choice: you must veto. Now. Do please locate your veto pen, Governor: the world is waiting.
I have little else to say on this matter. But you can do your bit too: email Governor Jindal today. Let him know that you do not intend to let this go unremarked and unchallenged.