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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Which Witch Doctor?

Senator Elbert Guillory
CREDIT: Louisiana State Senate
Remember the Louisiana Science Education Act?  In January I wrote The D Word that highlighted one state senator who expressed quite eloquently his ignorance of biology.

Now Elbert Guillory, state senator from Opelousas, has provided more evidence that the lack of mental skills required for rational thought has no bearing on the ability to hold elected office.

Yesterday a committee of the Louisiana State Senate debated House Bill 26 that would have repealed the inappropriately named Science Education Act. The bill was killed by the committee.

Want to hazard a guess why Sen. Guillory opposed the House's bill?
Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, said he had reservations with repealing the act after a spiritual healer correctly diagnosed a specific medical ailment he had. He said he thought repealing the act could "lock the door on being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cultures." 
"Yet if I closed my mind when I saw this man -- in the dust, throwing some bones on the ground, semi-clothed -- if I had closed him off and just said, 'That's not science. I'm not going to see this doctor,' I would have shut off a very good experience for myself," Guillory said.
 He went to a witch doctor!

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