US Federal Funds Earmarked For Creation ‘Science’ Education

From Reed Cartwright in a message sent to Evoldir.

For those of you in the US or with ties to the US:

Sen. David Vitter, R-La, has earmarked $100,000 in federal money to go
to a religious group, the Louisiana Family Forum, “to develop a plan to
promote better science education.” This is the same group that
successfully lobbied the Ouachita (La) School Board to adopt an
anti-evolution education policy.

According to the Times-Picayune: “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.”

It looks like the Louisiana Family Forum knows that getting tax-payer
money to promote religion in public schools and corrupt science
education is unconstitutional and illegal. They are trying to cover
their tracks.

The earmark is on page 238 of the report of the “Departments of Labor,
Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
Appropriation Bill, 2008”
.

The bill hasn’t been acted on yet, and there is time to remove the
earmark. Please contact your senators asking them to remove the earmark
and/or redirect the money to an organization in Louisiana that could
actually improve science education in the state.

Thank you.

Links to more information:

http://blog.nola.com/times-picayune/2007/09/vitter_earmarked_federal_money.html
http://austringer.net/wp/index.php/2007/09/23/pork-barrel-antievolution/
http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2007/09/porkbarrel-anti.html
http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2007/09/vitter_gives_federal_money_to.php