We first wrote about this proposed legislation here, Alabama Creationism Bill for 2012, and then we found an unusually informative article that fully explained the bill’s nonsensical intent (see The Purpose of Alabama’s Creationism Bill).
We’re speaking of HB133. If you click on that website, then you’ll have to click on “Bills” in the margin, and then “Status” and then enter “HB133″ to receive minimal information. Want more? If you then click on the HB133 button, you’re allowed to click on “View” at the top of the window. That gives you a little popup window that has the bill’s text. But we provided that in our first post on this thing, so save yourself the trouble.
The bill, introduced into the House by Blaine Galliher, would give high school academic credit for religious instruction during school hours, as long as such classes were conducted off-campus by teachers who aren’t employed by the state, and the students’ transportation couldn’t be at state expense.
In other words, there is such an unnatural craving for creationism in the public schools that the legislature is seriously considering this bizarre scheme of authorizing not only official state approval for such “back alley” classes, but the state will also grant academic credit for whatever goes on in such creationist madrasahs. As we reported in our most recent post:
Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, said Galliher’s bill would be debated the week of Feb. 28 in the House of Representatives’ Education Policy Committee, which she chairs.
“It looks like it’s a very viable way to offer some elective courses for kids that have many opportunities for electives,” McClurkin said. “To me, this would be a real good one, to be able to study religion.”
Mary Sue thinks it’s a glorious plan, so how’s it going? Well, today at the website al.com, the online presence for three Alabama newspapers, the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times and Mobile’s Press-Register, we read Alabama House could debate religious instruction bill as soon as next week. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A city or county school board could let high school students be excused from school to attend classes in religious instruction conducted by churches or other private groups, under a plan that could be debated by the House of Representatives as soon as next week.
The House Education Policy Committee approved the plan, House Bill 133, on a voice vote today.
By “today” they mean 29 February. Mary Sue came through!
Then the article gives a brief summary of the bill, the terms of which you already know, and after that they quote the bill’s sponsor:
Galliher said he sponsored the bill at the request of one of his constituents, Joseph Kennedy, a member of Southside Baptist Church near Gadsden. Kennedy said he would like to see a non-profit group teach creationism to public school students if Galliher’s bill becomes law.
Galliher said that, under his bill, other groups could offer classes on Judaism or on the history of the Bible, for instance. “I’m not dictating,” he said.
Maybe he’s not dictating, but he’s drooling, soiling his trousers, and announcing to the world that he’s a creationist maniac. But we already knew that.
Hey — hold on a minute! We have an inspiration. If this thing becomes law, perhaps your Curmudgeon will set up an off-campus class in abstinence, just for female students. We’ll provide our own transportation by limousine, and we’ll give each young lady personal instruction in how to resist our Curmudgeonly advances. Best of all, the state will give the girls academic credit for the experience. This is a great idea! We’ll send a proposal to Mary Sue McClurkin — we’re certain she’ll approve.
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