We learn from our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) that the great state of Missouri is back in the creationism game.
This same time last year we posted Missouri Creationism: New Bill for 2010. We said:
The geniuses behind this bill are: COOPER (Sponsor), FUNDERBURK, EMERY, DAVIS, SANDER, SATER, STREAM, GRISAMORE, RIDDLE, SCHAD AND POLLOCK (Co-sponsors).
Cooper, Emery, and Sander were involved in a similar effort the year before. You see, dear reader, when a creationist blunders into a state legislature it’s because he’s on a mission, and he keeps promoting his anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism nonsense year after year. It’s all those people care about because it’s all they know — which tells you quite a bit about them.
Last year’s bill died a horrible death — it was never even assigned to a committee, as we reported here: Missouri Creationism Bill Goes Extinct. But although their bill went nowhere, the agents of ignorance were determined to keep trying.
Now it’s a new year and Missouri is starting a new session of the legislature — scheduled to run from 05 January to 30 May. It’s time for more creationist activity. At the NCSE website we read: Antievolution legislation in Missouri, which informs us that House Bill 195 was introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on 13 January 2011 and it hasn’t yet been referred to a committee.
Here’s a link to House Bill 195. The bill’s sponsor is KOENIG, and it has an impressive collection of creationist co-sponsors: FUNDERBURK, BAHR, DAVIS, REIBOLDT, LONG, SCHARNHORST, SCHOELLER, CONWAY, GATSCHENBERGER, POLLOCK, STREAM, SCHAD and SATER.
Of that list of worthies, the repeat names from last year are FUNDERBURK, DAVIS, STREAM, SCHAD, and SATER. Hard-core indeed!
The sponsor of this year’s bill is Andrew Koenig — a new name in the ignorance game. Here’s Koenig’s page at the legislature’s website. A click on the “biography” link informs us that:
In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Koenig is the owner of a paint company. In addition, he has been licensed to sell health and life insurance since 2006. … A 2001 graduate of Marquette High School, Rep. Koenig received a B.A. in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in 2005.
He sells paint and insurance. Those are fine qualifications for a creationist! Here are the operative sections of the bill. We’ll put the interesting parts in bold:
Section 3 was inspired by the 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 nonsensical language. Everyone knows what’s going on, so there’s no reason to tell the courts how to construe the bill — especially when its purpose is the exact opposite of what it claims to be.
Here’s a handy link where you can track the progress of HB 195. Nothing has happened so far, but the legislative session is young.
As we always do in these situations, we recommend that the rational members of the legislature should give serious consideration to The Curmudgeon’s Amendment. It’s designed to nullify legislation like this.
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