According to our friends at National Center for Science Education, it looks like Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has backed off a controversial earmark that critics called a thinly disguised attempt to funnel $100,000 of your tax dollars towards teaching creationism in public school science class.
More than 30 educational, scientific and religious groups had joined forces to oppose the earmark, according to a press release released yesterday by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In a joint letter sent to every U.S. senator, the organizations reminded them of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
Yesterday, in response to the pressure, Vitter requested that the earmark be removed. On the floor of the Senate, the Louisiana Republican insisted that the money was not designed to promote creationism and blamed the controversy on groups promoting “hysterics.”
By the way, you all remember Sen. Vitter, don’t you? Sure you do. He’s the Republican family-values guy. Thank goodness we have politicians like him looking out for our children’s education. Like many creationist advocates, the honorable senator probably wants to protect children from “Darwinism” because he believes it leads to moral relativism, which leads to an anything-goes lifestyle, like “very sinful behavior” like adultery and consorting with call girls and… Oh never mind.
By the way, Vitter’s public admission of his “very sinful behavior” came a few hours after Hustler Magazine called his congressional office to confront him with the news that they had found his phone number appeared in the D.C.
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