Alabama Creationism Update (10 Apr ‘09)

THERE hasn’t been any news in the two months since we reported, here, that another of those anti-science, anti-evolution, creationism-friendly laws had been filed in the Alabama legislature.

As you may recall, House Bill 300 was introduced into the Alabama House of Representatives by David Grimes. This link takes you to the text of the bill. It’s “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)

It’s not easy to track the bill’s progress. This link is where you start, but it’s complicated. When you get there you’ll have to click on “bills,” then “by sponsor,” and then get “Grimes” in the “Representatives” window. It’s clumsy, but that finally takes you to a list of bills sponsored by David Grimes. If you scroll down, you’ll find HB 300.

We checked the bill’s status. It’s still sitting in the Education Policy committee, to which it was sent on 03 February, the first day of the legislative session. Nothing appears to have happened to it since then.

We did find this bit of news about David Grimes: Tuscaloosa lawmaker earns statesmanship award. Grimes isn’t the lawmaker referred to in the headline, who won the the Christian Coalition of Alabama’s Statesmanship Award. Grimes was one of three others who won awards at the same luncheon, but the nature of his award was unspecified.

This is bothersome. Why was Grimes was spending his time at such an affair, when he should have been out gathering support for his creationism bill?

This session of the Alabama legislature is scheduled to adjourn on 18 May, so there are only about five weeks remaining for something to be done with Grimes’ bill. He’d better get moving.

Besides Alabama, other states with creationist legislation currently pending are Florida (session adjourns May 1), Missouri (session adjourns May 30), and Texas (session adjourns June 1).

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