We have a report from one of our clandestine operatives — code name “OO” — informing us that one of the two creationism bills pending in the Oklahoma legislature has been defeated in committee.
This bill is the one we reported about here: Oklahoma’s 2nd Creationism Bill for 2011, which had been introduced by Sally Kern. According to our operative, the bill “died in the Common Education Committee this morning in a 7- 9 vote when four Republicans joined the Democrats to send the bill down.”
Great news, especially learning that Republicans joined in. There may be hope for this country after all. We are also informed:
The defeat was due to a very large response of opposition largely led by Oklahomans for Excellence for Science Education, but with help from members of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, Oklahoma Mainstream Baptists, Oklahoma Interfaith Alliance, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (national and local), other separation/progressive groups, and many individuals.
This is an excellent development. Now what remains is to defeat the bill pending in that state’s Senate: Josh Brecheen’s Oklahoma Creationism Bill.
There’s also a third weird bill pending in Oklahoma, about which we haven’t yet reported. We’ll get around to it. Meanwhile, let’s enjoy today’s victory for science and reason. Let all sane people take heart — the theocrats and creationists can be defeated!
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