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Louisiana teachers brag about pushing creationism on kids — but the bill to stop them is doomed

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Louisiana Democrats are again trying to take the state’s anti-evolution science law off the books – while also taking a shot at Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations.

The Louisiana Science Education Act was passed in 2008 as a method to promote classroom discussion on evolution, but critics have complained the law allows creationism to be taught in public schools, reported The Advocate.

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That appears to be the case, according to a science education activist who graduated from a Baton Rouge high school after the law’s passage.

“I have obtained emails from creationist teachers and school administrators, as well as a letter signed by more than 20 current and former Louisiana science teachers in Ouachita Parish in which they say they challenge evolution in the classroom without legal ‘tension or fear’ because of pro-creationism policies,” claimed Zack Kopplin in an article for Slate.

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) filed her fifth attempt to repeal the law, which this time is called the “Intelligent Outcomes Wanted Act,” or IOWA – which Jindal has frequently visited as he considers a possible GOP presidential run.

Peterson’s bill is scheduled for a Senate Education hearing Wednesday morning, but similar attempts have attracted just five votes in four years.

College students, professors, and high school teachers were joined last year by 78 Nobel laureates who denounced the law.

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The law allows teachers to use outside materials to “promote critical thinking skills” and “objective discussion of scientific theories,” but Kopplin found the measure offered a “back door” to teaching Bible-based philosophies of the Earth’s origins.

He found that two science teachers in West Monroe asked students to name an evolutionary change that would support both the Big Bang theory and creationism.

The answer, Kopplin found, was “snake leg nubbs.”

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A creationist principal in Ouachita filmed videos of himself when he taught biology, and Kopplin uncovered an approving email sent to the former teacher from another Louisiana creationist.

“The DVD you made in the classroom is needed to show what a teacher can do in a single period,” wrote Charles Voss, who publishes his own creationist materials. “You literally destroyed evolution in one 40 minute period.”

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Pro-Trump internet trolls tried to hijack Nickelodeon’s kid’s survey on who should be president — and failed

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On Tuesday, Nickelodeon hosted its "Kids Pick The President" straw poll, in which young viewers of the network give their own opinion on who should win the presidential election. The poll has no electoral significance, given that kids cannot vote and given that the survey methodology is not scientific and lets anyone opt in regardless of how it balances the sample.

Despite this, pro-Trump internet trolls reportedly sought to hijack the results, spreading the message to get people to flood the poll with votes for President Donald Trump.

In the end, however, they couldn't even do it. Joe Biden won the poll, 53 percent to 47 percent.

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Wisconsin sees ‘nightmare scenario’ of COVID cases — as Trump ignores medical advice for campaign rally

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Wisconsin residents saw a “nightmare scenario” situation unfold Tuesday as 5,262 COVID-19 cases rocked the state, resulting in 64 deaths as President Donald Trump held a large campaign rally with few masks and zero social distancing.

"This is no longer a slow-motion disaster," said Gregory Poland, director of the vaccine research group at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "This is a disaster in warp speed. And it's maddening to me as a physician because a whole lot of people have died and are dying."

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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state Department of Health Services reported 5,262 new cases and 64 deaths Tuesday, both records far above any previous daily counts. The death toll now stands at 1,852.

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Trump’s website hacked and defaced to stop the ‘fake-news’ spread by the president: report

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President Donald Trump's website appeared to have been briefly hacked on Tuesday -- one week before the 2020 presidential campaign.

Visitors to the site briefly saw a fake DOJ takedown notice.

"This site was seized," the message read. "The world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded (sic) by President Donald J. Trump."

"It is time to allow the world to know the truth," the message continued.

The message also claimed "secret conversations" prove the Trump administration "is involved in the origin of the coronavirus."

There is no evidence that is the case, experts believe the virus originated in China.

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