Missouri Creationism: Both 2012 Bills Are Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

The good news keeps coming. Back in January we reported Missouri Madness: A 2nd Creationism Bill for 2012.

That was HOUSE BILL NO. 1276 — a typical creationist bill allowing teachers to spew out the “strengths and [alleged] weaknesses” of evolution, with a “shall not be construed” clause attempting to tell the courts that the bill isn’t what it obviously is. It was sponsored by Andrew Koenig, the owner of a paint company. In addition, he’s licensed to sell health and life insurance.

Before that, Missouri was already considering one we wrote about here: Missouri Madness: New Creationism Bill for 2012. The first bill was HB 1227. It was long and crazy, and we described it as well as we could in our post. In particular, it required “equal treatment to biological evolution and biological intelligent design.” That bill was sponsored by Rick Brattin, who owns and operates Brattin Drywall Company. He also served in the United States Marine Corps for six years. His educational accomplishment is that he’s a 1999 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School.

Neither bill made any news after they were introduced, because they never got out of committee. Now our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have a new post informing us: Antievolution legislation dies in Missouri. They say, with bold font added by us:

When the Missouri legislature adjourned on May 18, 2012, both antievolution bills in the House of Representatives died in committee.

That’s pretty much the whole story — for now. But as we pointed out in our earlier posts, either the sponsors or some of the co-sponsors of those two bills have a history of promoting such legislation, so if they’re back in office next year, we can expect more of the same. Hey — maybe they’ll try three bills next year. That might do the job.

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One response to “Missouri Creationism: Both 2012 Bills Are Dead

  1. Every time I see one of these posts, I get this song going in my head.