FOR THE NEO-THEOCRATS at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, achieving creationism legislation in Florida was the big effort this year because of that state’s size. As the fourth most populous state in the US, mandatory creationism — or “critical analysis” — as the Florida House bill required, or even permissive creationism — so-called “academic freedom” — as the Senate’s bill provided, would have had a national impact on textbook publishers.
Having failed (this session) to legislate stupidity and ignorance in Florida, the Discoveroids are left with the hope of encouraging light-weight legislators to pass similar bills in a collection of smaller states.
We’ve been wanting to keep up with creationism efforts in those other states, but news has been scarce. So we turn to that most excellent source, Eugenie Scott’s National Center for Science Education. There we find recent summaries of the situation in several states where creationists are running loose in the legislatures. Thanks to that splendid source, we present you with this guide the current picture, all in one place:
Louisiana antievolution bill passes Senate . The chief creationist there is Ben Nevers (D-District 12).
Senate Bill 733 (PDF), the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, was unanimously passed by the Louisiana Senate on April 28, 2008.
Antievolution legislation in Michigan. Their chief creationist is John Moolenaar (R-District 98).
House Bill 6027, introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives on April 30, 2008, and referred to the House Committee on Education, is the very latest so-called “academic freedom” bill aimed at undermining the teaching of evolution, joining similar bills currently under consideration in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Missouri.
Antievolution legislation in Alabama. Their chief creationist is David Grimes (R-District 73) .
House Bill 923, introduced in the Alabama House of Representatives by David Grimes (R-District 73) on April 24, 2008, and referred to the Education Policy Committee, is the latest in a string of “academic freedom” bills aimed at undermining the teaching of evolution.
A new antievolution bill in Missouri. Their big promoter of creationism is Representative Robert Wayne Cooper (R-District 155).
Missouri’s House Bill 2554, introduced on April 1, 2008, would, if enacted, call on state and local education administrators to [blah, blah, meaning: teach creationism in science class].
That’s it for now, Curmudgeon fans. We’ll be presenting updates from time to time. We have to, because this is a story that will never end.