Louisiana Private Schools Teach Loch Ness Monster Is Real In Effort To Disprove Evolution Theory

As many of you know I have been busy establishing myself here in Columbus, OH and I am pleased to report that all is going well.  This past Wednesday I was on site around Benton Harbor, MI to review an electrical substation that needs to be upgraded and expanded and that was an 18.5 hour day for me.

Anyway this week I ran across this news article that I just had to pass on as my only thought was how much the science aspect for the students, our future as a country, was being so indoctrinated in ignorance as to use superstition and someone’s local legends as examples to prove their science views.  It was back in March I first came across an article that stated because “Puxatawny Phil” saw his shadow this year, that this was proof that there was no global warming.  My thoughts then were how stupid to even use this example as science argument proof.  “Pretend Superstition Substituting For Science?!?!”

Well I guess the ignorance stupidity must continue.  Below is the most recent article I am speaking about and referenced by the topic headline:

Some students at private schools in Louisiana are being taught that Scotland’s fabled Loch Ness monster is real, a claim that is then held as evidence disproving Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Scotsman reports.

Thousands of students across the state are eligible to receive publicly funded vouchers to allow them to attend private Christian schools where textbooks published by “Accelerated Christian Education” (ACE) claim the monster was actually a dinosaur that existed at the same time as man, an assertion which conflicts with the theory of evolution.  (excuse me….Accelerated Education?!?)

The Times Educational Supplement, a British publication for teachers, published an article in 2009 that included an excerpt from “Accelerated Christian Education’s Biology” 1099 textbook, which was published in 1995:

The text books go on to say, “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the `Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland?  “Nessie,” for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. (by the way, “Pure Bull Shit” statement) “Nessie” appears to be a plesiosaur.

Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all.”

Loch Ness monster tour guide Tony Drummond, 47, told the Scottish Sun the curriculum is “ridiculous propaganda.”

And Bruce Wilson, a researcher specializing in the American political religious right, told the Scotsman that one of the texts also claims “dinosaurs were fire-breathing dragons.”

“It has little to do with science as we currently understand. It’s more like medieval scholasticism,” Wilson told the paper.

According to Scotland’s newspaper “The Herald”, one of the textbooks also provides a somewhat controversial look at the “Ku Klux Klan.”

“The Ku Klux Klan in some areas of the country (and I would note that in my personal opinion can also be referred to as the Tea Party today) tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross … In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians,” the textbook reads, according to “The Herald.”

These people want to be the dominate educational aspect our children?  More important, “Do we as a nation allow and tolerate this crap?”  I guess it does fall under free speech but that does not remove the fact it is still CRAP!!

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24 thoughts on “Louisiana Private Schools Teach Loch Ness Monster Is Real In Effort To Disprove Evolution Theory

    1. EoK – I wrote about this a while back — aren’t the possible images for this hilarious?

      No self-respecting text book company should agree to this. But they aren’t buying their text books from responsible, credible sources are they?

  1. But those who ‘believe,’ [and I mean click-your-ruby-slippers believe] know for sure that god created the universe 6000 years ago. For the Bible sez… Personally, I ‘believe’ that the Loch Ness Monster is the Devil incarnate! He lurks in the loch to lure good Christians into the waters [as in immersion baptism] and, when fully immersed, He calls them His own. Pretty tricky stuff, indeed.

  2. Hello Lacy!
    It is good to hear from you friend. If you say it’s true then it’s good enough for me. :-)

    Dog Gone,
    I know you do a good job researching these types of topics and I am sorry I missed reading your posting.

    Hey Muddy,
    I am watching a movie called Magic Trip of a group of middle class kids driving across the country to go to the New York World’s Fair back in 1964. They did a segment later on showing the 1964 Presidential Race and I just heard a segment of Barry Goldwater during his campaign making the statement, “Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice!” Gee how little has changed with this group except that they have grown larger today. The insanity is the same.

    1. I remember 1964 quite well and that Goldwater statement. I believe that in March of 2003 that ‘extremism’ was put into full-force by the Neocon wing with the Shock ‘n Awe. And the right-wingers waved the flags and cheered it on. ‘We’re bring’n freedom to them,’ was the excuse that they bought and promoted. Morons.

      I noted in the paper this morning that several billions of tax dollars are still unaccounted for in Iraq. Damned Federal government!

      1. Opinion request for anybody over 55: Here’s my take on the Presidents of the last century –

        1. 1952: People wanted Ike over Harry because we were in a “recession” and Ike was still considered an American Hero from W.W.II. Harry was actually the President behind the Interstate System, but Eisenhower gets credit for it in history even though all the behind the scenes legislation to pay to pay for it and most of the planning took place before the Federal Highway Act of 1956. FDR initiated talk about it, but Truman actually signed the initial funding in May of 1952.

        2. 1953-1961: Eisenhower gets blamed for some stuff down South (i.e. Emmett Till), but he signed many nondiscrimination laws in the 50’s. (The Johnson Amendment regarding the tax status of “religious” organizations was also signed in the 50’s; It is totally ignored today.)

        3. 1960: Nixon won the majority vote, but Kennedy won the Electoral College.

        4. 1964: A Republican couldn’t win because everybody wants to vote for the guy who took over after the previous President was shot.

        5. 1968: Johnson knew he couldn’t win with the Country turning on him regarding Viet Nam. Another “Shoe-in” for any Republican.

        6. 1974: Nixon resigns, but in spite of Watergate he did accomplish many good things internationally (maybe, depends on how you feel about China).

        7. 1976: After Watergate, a Republican didn’t stand a chance.

        8. 1980: The Iran Hostage Crisis nailed the coffin shut for Jimmy Carter.

        9. 1981-1989: Reagan took the credit for the booming economy, but Carter was actually the one who pushed through financial improvements. It just took a few years for results to start showing (can we say Obama’s first term?). Reagan used up the surplus left by Carter, quadrupled the debt and started the deregulation we are suffering from today. Anyone remember the 24% prime rate?

        10. 1988: The first Bush was not “that” bad, but the Country turned on him, even after Desert Story, because of the economy.

        11. 1995-2001: Clinton(s) started the Country talking about Universal Health Coverage, Mental Health issues and gay rights.

        12. 2000: The Democrats couldn’t put up a good candidate, so many Republicans who knew the younger Bush was bad voted for him anyway.

        With so much revisionist history going on, I have to rely on my memory for the true facts. If I am wrong anywhere or have left out anything important, please leave a corrective comment.

        Thanks.

    2. Thats been my point for some time, M_R. However, IKE, LBJ,
      Nixon, and Ford held the Taft-Goldwater faction in check for
      some time…Unfortunately, it was Carter and the Dems from 1977 who let them “get loose”….

    3. Hello Engineer, good to hear from you. But, you know, I don’t
      necessarily have a problem with the “teaching” at this school.
      It is private, and they can teach whatever they want to. I am not
      in favor of vouchers, but I do think that if we are ever going
      to bring our education system to a par on the rest of the major civilized countries it needs to be nationalized, yet money provided
      to accredited private schools. It should be much like we
      provide money in healthcare, as medicare. The money goes
      out to everyone and nothing is based on wheter we use a Methodist
      hostpital, a Catholic one, a Baptist, or Seventh Day Adventist,
      or whatever is accredited by the Hospital Association. It seems
      education money should be done in a like manner, with States
      and local school boards out of the picture but for house keeping….

      1. Yet, my friend, the cry will be heard loudly, “LOCAL CONTROL of OUR SCHOOLS!” Apparently that is a long-held and seemingly virulent strain in the psyche of our citizens. How the hell would any of the RED states give up their local [or state] control of schools to the FEDERAL government?

        Nice thought, though, yet highly impractical in this super-divided political climate. As a result, the American education system will limp along, doling out unequal education dollars to our children. Remember: we don’t want to be like SOCIALIST Europe, nod do we??

        1. I think I saw it referenced here or on EOK’s blog. Just watched WAITING FOR SUPERMAN and what an eye opener. Gives you something to think about and it should be required watching for all school board politicians.

        2. Yes, it is way ahead of its time, but what the hell, we have to begin
          some where. On the other hand though, if we got the true
          democratic majorities back, which we will some day, not sure if
          we will still be here to see it, but when that day comes, everything will be possible. The ideological log jam will be broken, but the
          question will be how will the new members act, will they be doing
          what is right for We the People, or will they be acting for the monied and propertyied interests, or their own re-election. We can help that outcome by ending gerrymandering in our respective
          states, term limits one way or the other, and campaign financial
          reform.

  3. The school is a religious charter school currently with 38 students. They hope to attract over 100 new students since coming into the state system. This is just one more example of why only 1 our of 5 charter schools make the grade. There is no control of these schools’ curriculum*.

    * And how is this different from the religious schools teaching stories from the Bible?

  4. Hey NON…good research and interesting summation of the last
    60 years….You have presented the more traditional viewpoints of
    these presidencies. Let me make my responses:

    1. Ike was elected not because of a recessation, but because of a very
    unpopular war in Korea. His orders were to get us out of Korea.
    However, in my estimation, the importancy of Eisenhower is his
    determination to preserve the New Deal against the more
    conservative onslaughts of people like Sen. Taft of Ohio. And, his
    warning against the Congressional-Military-Industrial complex.
    One of his biggest failures was his and Dulles decision not to support
    the East European Uprisings against the Soviet Union in Poland
    and Hungray. He could have freed Eastern Europe of Scoviet
    dominance in 1956, and not wait until Gorbachev does it around 1989.

    5. Not exactly. LBJ could have probably won re-election. I
    think his doctors had told him his heart was failing and that it
    was time to retire. As we move away from the 1960s, LBJs
    image will ascend to the near great. And, Hubert Humphrey lost
    this election by not coming out against the VietNam War until
    it was too late. Most political analyst say that if there was two
    more weeks before the election, Humphrey would have won going way.

    6. Yes, watergate was important for congressional and senate
    elections, but the Presidency is different. Ford lost this election by his speaking blunders, as saying the Soviet Union didnt dominate Eastern Europe. Carter barely won. (See my above comments on
    the Nixondomestic legislative achievements. )

    8.) Yes, Carter is a loser!

    9. The Prime Rate was inherited by Reagan, much as Obama
    inherited the growing unemployment problem,,

    10. Bush I lost because of Pat Buchanana and Ross Perot!

    11..Clinton destroyed the New Deal of FDR

    12. HUH? Gore was a good candidate. He won the election,
    only to be taken away by the GOP Supreme Court
    decision. If in doubt go read Justice Sandra Day O”connors
    statement on the proceedings.

    1. Wow. I forgot about the Korean War and General MacArthur totally ignoring instructions from Truman. And not many people today realize that Eisenhower was all about preserving the New Deal and controlling corporate greed.

      Funny thing about Gore and Kerry; I didn’t vote for them because of their picks for Vice President. I didn’t want someone so far up Israel’s butt like Lieberman and I thought Edwards was nothing but a crooked lawyer. Don’t know what I was thinking in 2008 when I voted for McCain; I assumed he wouldn’t pick a complete psycho.

  5. Here’s an interesting Presidential fact. Bush I was very critical of
    his son’s picks of Rumsfeld for Defense and Cheney for VP. Bush I
    believes that these two “tarred” the family name, a family who
    came on the Mayflower.

    1. Oops, need to add. Bush I was for increasing taxes when necessary, preventing an exploding deficit, and not going to
      war in Baghdad. Son decreased taxes on the wealthy, exploded
      the national debt, and thrust the United States into two wars.
      Bush I’s term in office is viewed as a time of bipartisanship and
      moderation, which of course cost him his renomination. What
      is also interesting is that BushII rarely ever asked his father for
      advice which left Cheney and Rumsfeld the freedom to manipulate
      BushII. This shows who was making the decisions!

      1. Seems, my friend, that the reactionary right has amnesia about those 8 GW Bush years. Like, what years? Who? I don’t recall any of THAT!

        Funny in a pathetic way; Obama gets cursed for trying to glue back the pieces of the terrible mess he inherited. Today, during our door-to-door event, my partner told me that the man she just spoke to called the President a DAMNED COMMUNIST! What an ignorant SOB; the trouble with our land is that he is duplicated over and over and over again. Ignorance is like a cancer on this nation, eating away the very fabric of our being. And, as far as I can see, there is no cure for it. It will, I suspect, play itself out with the near death of us. By the time that the majority of people understand it, it will be in Stage IV.

  6. Regarding the ACE textbooks, I wrote a commentary after Governor Kasich appointed Stanley Jackson to the Ohio School Board … Since Mr. Jackson’s “Masters Preparatory Academy Charter School” has not opened yet, it is unknown what textbooks they will use … but the Loch Ness aspect of the program is minor in comparison to the major theories that the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum is based on … for example, the textbook – When Science Fails :
    “When Science Fails presents the Bible as totally accurate and science as a process of trial-and-error riddled by human frailty …. this short book will reinforce the message that science will never contradict the Bible, and “true science” is simply one way to gain information about the world. Casting “common people” with common ideas as heroes standing up to scornful scientists, this short book directly attacks the ideas that science has all the answers and that science could ever prove the Bible false.”

    Regarding Ike, who happens to be one of the best Presidents the country has ever had, let us remember that Truman did ask Ike if he would seek the Presidency in 1952 as Truman feared that if Ike did not run that Bob Taft would be a lock on the nomination … when Ike said yes, Truman said he would not seek another term.
    Yes, ending the Korean conflict was key to the election in 1952. Ike looked at the “cost of war” differently than today’s Republicans … could be because he was the last President who actually had a son that served in a war zone (Major John Eisenhower, then 30, was assigned to an infantry unit in Korea and Ike was mad when Truman ordered him home to attend Ike’s inauguration thinking that he deserved no special favors … today Romney’s five boys “serve” their country by trying to get him elected.)
    Ike not only handled the Korea situation but also the Taiwan Straights crisis, Suez Canal crisis and managed the Russians antics … without ever getting us into a war.
    Today, Romney is promoting that the American Navy ship build be increased form 10 to 15 … the cost $13 billion per carrier … $85 Billion a Year … $850 Billion over a decade … and no explanation of how he will pay for it … plus increasing the size of the military by 100,000.
    Ike came in with heavy debt, resisted calls for tax rate reductions and ended his term with National Highway system in place (believing that jobs could be created by government investment in infrastructure) and national debt cut.

    The 1960’s election featured a man from Massachusetts accusing the President of leaving America weak … Ike was astonished by the depths of Kennedy’s inexperience, ineptitude, and callow arrogance. After the Bay of Pigs fiasco, Kennedy sent a helicopter to bring Ike to the White House for a chat … Kennedy said being President was hard to which Ike responded effectively telling the new President “that’s what I tried to tell you”.

    Ike would have never supported Romney … but then again Republicans today would not have supported Ike (actually Ike had better relations with the Dems in Congress than the Republicans.)

    Something to think about.

    1. Nice comment, MinnesotaCentral. It seems that Truman wanted
      Ike to run as a Democrat. When he refused, Truman was so
      upset that he would not ride with Ike at the Inaugural, and
      never talked to him until the Kennedy funeral….They were
      assigned the same car to ride in, and when they got back they went in and had a few drinks, and conferred often from then on….

      1. uptheflag,

        Thanks for reading my comment.

        My memory is not that good, but as I recall Truman and Ike did ride together but Ike was the one that was mad … a holdover from the campaign … the Dems had a copy of General Marshall’s letter to Eisenhower admonishing him on his plans to divorce Mamie to marry his wartime driver Kay Summersby (the letter was probably from Hoover) … the Republicans had some dirt on gay Democrats … so the impression is that both parties had a line they would not cross but Ike blamed Truman for implying that the Marshall letter would be released.
        Good thing those antics could never happen today – LOL !

        The ride that Truman offered that Ike did reject was to use the Presidential plane to fly to Korea … Ike said he would take standard a military plane.

        My impression is that a lot of these antics were to show that Ike was in charge … but you are correct that it wasn’t until the Kennedy funeral that the two connected again.

        Regards,
        Mac Hall

  7. Thanks for the details…Did not know about the General Marshall
    Letter, but did hear about the reports of Ike’s war-time female
    driver. I have been told that Truman did want Eisenhower to run
    as a Democrat, and Truman felt Ike was betraying all of Truman’s
    trust in him, especially all the post war appointments…It seems
    trust and favors was important to Truman and he was
    expecting a return favor in 1952.

    Something similar happened with General Colin Powell.. The way i have heared the story is that Powel was originally a Democrat and received favored advancements by Democrat Presidents, JFK, LBJ,
    and Carter. Powel then turns on Carter and becomes a Republican
    . Now, we see, Powel returning to the Democratic fold with
    his 2008 support of Candidat e Obama. What ambition and ego wont do to a person….

    1. Something similar happened with General Colin Powell.. The way i have heared the story is that Powel was originally a Democrat and received favored advancements by Democrat Presidents, JFK, LBJ, and Carter. Powel then turns on Carter and becomes a Republican . Now, we see, Powel returning to the Democratic fold with his 2008 support of Candidat e Obama. What ambition and ego wont do to a person

      I am not familiar with Colin Powell’s political leanings and changes over the years, however, Reagan’s assessment may offer some consideration …
      “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.”

      IMO, there are a lot of people that align with the Dems in their younger and “economically challenged” years, but once they get the big house, big job and focus on tax rates, they align themselves with the GOP.

      Yes, Powell has changed his party allegiance but it may be an evolution … he’s OK with Gay Marriage when he opposed gays serving in the military … it may be evolution. I suspect that his endorsement for Obama in 2008 may have been largely for foreign policy viewpoints …
      (NOTE : Powell has bashed Romney’s foreign policy team)

      But to turn the discussion back to where it started — the Loch Ness teaching promoted in Accelerated Christian Education program, I am glad that there are people like Colin Powell.
      Look at his work with America’s Promise and specifically the Grad Nation project … Powell has quietly, yet effectively, engaged business and community leaders in addressing education.

      Contrast the work that Colin Powell has done after leaving the government with what Mitt Romney has done ?
      Well, that might be hard … we know what Powell has done … but we do not know what Romney has done since leaving office. Imagine if Romney had started a similar organization … would his supporters be vocal … instead today, you have talking heads that a few months ago were bashing Romney over tax returns, Bain, healthcare, etc … and now, former competitors are defending him.

      Powell is not running for President, but Mitt Romney is … and he has ideas on Education … BUT he will not tell voters the future of Department of Education – although telling a group of donors that it might be eliminated — although he advocates charter schools.

      Could I vote for Colin Powell for President — maybe.
      Would I vote for Mitt Romney for President — NEVER.

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