The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reports that there’s A second antievolution bill in Missouri. What a state! What a legislature! They also had two creationism bills last year — neither of which passed. NCSE says:
Missouri’s House Bill 1587, introduced and given its first reading in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 23, 2014, is the fourth antiscience bill of the year and the second in the state. As is increasingly common with antiscience legislation, HB 1587 would, if enacted, in effect encourage science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased — proponents of creationism and climate change denial are the usual intended beneficiaries of such bills — and discourage responsible educational authorities from intervening. The bill specifically cites “the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution” as controversial.
That state’s first creationism bill for 2014, which we wrote about here, was sponsored by Rick Brattin, a high school graduate who operates Brattin Drywall Company, and Andy Koenig, who owns a paint company and who has a license to sell health and life insurance. They did the same thing in prior years.
Hey, guess what? Missouri’s Dynamic Duo are also sponsors of the newest bill, along with a few additional co-sponsors, so this is another re-run of the Rick & Andy Show. Here’s the guts of their latest bill, with some familiar buzz-words emphasized with bold font:
We haven’t checked it word-for-word, but it looks identical to the bill introduced by the Dynamic Duo last year, which we discussed here: Missouri Creationism: New Bill for 2013. It’s standard stuff; we’ve it in Missouri and other states a few dozen times before — see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
You can track the bill’s progress here. It was introduced on 23 January, so nothing has happened yet. The Missouri legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until 30 May and as they say, no one’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
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