The first part of each year is a busy time for a blog like ours. That’s when most of the state legislatures are active and the creationist legislators keep us entertained. This year we’ve already written about six states dealing with creationist legislation — Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Some of them have more than one creationist bill in the works.
It all seems to be happening at once because there are at least 40 legislatures that convene in January this year, plus one (Maine) which got an early start in December. A few more convene in February. Most of those are in session only for a few furious months and will have adjourned by June. The rest of the year we have to scrounge around and go dumpster diving at creationist websites for amusement, but now the stories just keep coming and they almost write themselves.
Arizona is the latest state — the seventh — to introduce creationist legislation this year. As usually happens, we learned about it from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). They report: Antiscience legislation in Arizona, which says:
A new antiscience bill was introduced in the Arizona Senate. A typical instance of the “academic freedom” strategy for undermining the teaching of evolution and climate change, Senate Bill 1213 would, if enacted, …
And then they go through the familiar provisions of yet another anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism bill modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. We’ve already critiqued their model bill (and explained how to defeat it) here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
The new bill is SB 1213. That’s probably the link for tracking its progress through the legislature. The sponsors are Judy Burges, Chester Crandell, Rick Murphy, Steve Pierce, Don Shooter, and Steve Yarbrough. Burges and Crandell are indicated as being “prime” sponsors, the others are co-sponsors. Here are their legislative pages: Judy Burges (no occupation given other then being a legislator), and Chester Crandell (no biographical information available).
This is where you can read the text of SB 1213. It’s all stuff we’ve seen before, but the Discoveroids’ model bill is slightly re-worked here and there. The bold font was added by us to the familiar Discoveroid phrases:
So there you are. Now Arizona has joined the list of states being burdened with this foolishness. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn in “late April.”
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