Magazine article Church & State

La. Cov. Jindal Affirms Support for Creationism in Public Schools

Magazine article Church & State

La. Cov. Jindal Affirms Support for Creationism in Public Schools

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he has no problem with creationism being taught in the state's public schools.

In an April interview with NBC News, Jindal noted that he signed a law in 2008 allowing teachers to bring their own materials into biology classes.

"We have what's called the [Louisiana] Science Education Act that says that if a teacher wants to supplement those materials, if the school board is okay with that ... they can supplement those materials," Jindal said.

He added, "Bottom line, at the end of the day, we want our kids to be exposed to the best facts. Let's teach them about the Big Bang theory, let's teach them about evolution, let's teach them--I've got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism, that people, some people, have these beliefs as well, let's teach them about 'intelligent design.'"

Some political analysts have speculated that Jindal, who majored in biology and public policy at Brown University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, knows that creationism is bad science but is pandering to the Religious Right.

In Louisiana, Jindal has forged close ties with the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) and its Religious Right allies. He was elected with strong support from the state's fundamentalist political forces, and he misses no opportunity to pay them back.

In 2008, The New York Times reported, "At the [LFF's] modest offices here, Mr. Jindal is seen as practically one of the family. …

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