"The project, which would develop a plan to promote better science-based education in Ouachita Parish by Louisiana Family Forum, has raised concerns among some that its intention was to mandate and push creationism within the public schools," Vitter said. "That is clearly not and never was the intent of the project, nor would it have been its effect."Nah, no such intent or effect - The Times-Picayune notes:
The Louisiana Family Forum has been at the forefront of challenging Darwinian evolution. One paper on its Web site is titled "The Evolution Backlash: Debunking Darwin" and another is "Survival of the Fakest."After being caught out by a consortium of 30 groups including Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Anti-Defamation League, American Association of School Administrators, and National Center for Science Education who sent a letter to every Senator opposing the earmark he stated that he wanted "to avoid more hysterics" to move it to science and computer labs in the Ouachita Parish schools.
The group also has challenged biology textbooks used in public schools in Louisiana and on its Web site posts a 17-page "evolution addendum" in which Charles Voss Jr. raises questions about scientific theories including the formation of fossils, the emergence of living organisms through chemical reactions and evolution by means of mutations.
I wonder about hysterics, I wonder about this guy, he's the one who the same religious bunch have said should not be compared to Sen Larry Craig who seems to be annoying them to no end. I guess you have to be a Republican to understand this stuff.