Iowa Creationism Bill: Is It Dead?

BACK IN early February, we reported that Iowa was considering one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, creationism-friendly laws inspired by the misleadingly-named Academic Freedom Act, promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).

The bill is House File 183, introduced into the Iowa House of Representatives by Rod A. Roberts, an ordained minister and a full-blown creationist.

Then we reported the development of formidable opposition to the bill, in the form of a petition with more than 200 signatures by faculty members of various Iowa universities.

One of those instrumental in that petition, Dr. Hector Avalos, has posted at Panda’s Thumb that Iowa Gives The Thumbs Down to the Discovery Institute. He says, with bold added by us:

The “Evolution Academic Freedom Act,” based on the model language promoted by the Discovery Institute, never even made it out of the relevant subcommittee in the Iowa legislature. March 13 was the deadline for any further action.

The bill was introduced by Rod Roberts, a Republican legislator, in early February. By mid-February, the faculty at Iowa institutions of higher learning launched a petition that eventually gathered some 240 signatories from about 20 colleges, universities, and research institutions in Iowa.

It’s a very informative article, and it includes an amusing description of the frantic efforts of Discoveroid Casey Luskin to save the bill. It’s well worth reading.

Since Dr. Avalos’ article appeared, we’ve been scanning news sources for confirmation of the demise of the Iowa creationism bill, but up to now we haven’t found anything. Nevertheless, we assume that Dr. Avalos is well-informed. When we find a confirming news story, we’ll mention it as an addendum to this post.

The Iowa creationism bill may very well be dead. Until next year.

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9 responses to “Iowa Creationism Bill: Is It Dead?

  1. James, I’m sure Hector knows what he’s talking about, and I have confidence in Panda’s Thumb. That’s why I posted about this. But I’d like to see confirmation in the press. Or better yet, at NCSE.

  2. retiredsciguy

    We’ll know it’s dead when there is a wooden stake driven through it’s heart.

  3. NCSE is calling it as dead, but on the same basis on which Avalos calls it as dead: namely, that March 13 was the deadline (with a few exceptions not applicable to HF 183) for bills to be reported out of committee in their house of origin.

  4. Glenn Branch says: “NCSE is calling it as dead …”

    Thanks. I looked there within the hour, but it wasn’t posted until very recently I’ve been looking everywhere for confirmation, but there’s still nothing in the press. And no whining yet from the Discoveroids. But as Rick might have said in Casablanca, “We’ll always have Louisiana.”

  5. The clock runs out for the New Mexico bill this week too, no? It doesn’t make up for the fact that the Texas bill was introduced, but it’s something.

  6. James says: “The clock runs out for the New Mexico bill this week too, no?”

    I donno. If so, that would still leave us with bills cooking in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and now Texas.

  7. I have e-mail communications from a high-placed source inside the relevant subcommittee.

    Officially, there is a list of bills that were “funneled [out]” and this includes HF 183, the Evolution Academic Freedom Act. See https://www.edinfo.state.ia.us/web/legisupdate.asp

    The silence of the Discovery Institute also speaks volumes. It would be celebrating up a storm right about now if the bill had moved forward.

    Short of a very unlikely revival, the final nail this year will be driven through the bill when the entire legislative session ends.

  8. Great work, Hector! We need a few more like you in other states.