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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