Our Creationist President, Part Deux: Bobby Jindal

GOP front-runners are already lining up in support of creationism.

We’ve noted that conservative favorite Ben Carson has emphasized his young-earth creationist beliefs.  Now another 2016 hopeful has joined the pack.

Governor Bobby Jindal told NBC news that Louisiana schools must be free to teach creationism along with evolution and intelligent design.  As Jindal asked, “What’re we scared of?”

Jindal endorsed the creationist interpretation of his state’s 2008 Science Education Act.  According to this law, creationism may be included as part of a rigorous science education.  The state, this law insisted,

shall allow and assist teachers, principals, and other school administrators to create and foster an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.

Does that mean teaching creationism?  Jindal told NBC that it did.  “I’ve got no problem,” Jindal said, “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’.”

It’s early days, of course, but it seems the 2016 GOP field will have at least two contenders who have firmly established their creationist credentials.

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