THANKS TO the excellent blog of Tony Whitson, we learn that the great state of Mississippi wants to be among the first in 2009 to officially embrace creationism and stifle the teaching of science in its state-run schools.
House Bill 25 has been filed in the Mississippi legislature, titled:
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO INCLUDE CERTAIN LANGUAGE EXPLAINING THAT EVOLUTION IS A THEORY IN THE INSIDE FRONT COVER OF CERTAIN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS.
What will the warning language say? The proposed law tells us:
The State Board of Education shall require every textbook that includes the teaching of evolution in its contents to include the following language on the inside front cover of the textbook:
They forgot to add: Have a nice day!
This intellectual wonder was introduced by Representative Gary Chism. Here is his official page at the legislature’s website: Gary Chism, District 37, Republican . In addition to a handsome photograph, we learn that Chism is an insurance agent. He was educated at Mississippi State University, but we are not given any information about the degrees he may have earned.
Isn’t this wonderful? We have another textbook sticker case brewing, which — if it becomes law — will undoubtedly play out like Selman v. Cobb County School District. In Selman, decided in 2005, the school board in Cobb County, Georgia had mandated a sticker saying:
Evolution is a theory, not a fact, concerning the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.
When it was all over, the school board had to manually remove their stickers.
We’ll be keeping an eye on developments in Mississippi. Stay tuned!
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