You knew that Texas would show signs of lunacy this year, and you were right. We learn from our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) that there is “Intelligent design” legislation in Texas. NCSE says:
House Bill 2454, introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on March 8, 2011, would, if enacted, provide, “An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.” The sole sponsor of HB 2454 is Bill Zedler (R-District 96).
Isn’t that sweet? Here’s the official page at the Texas Legislature’s website for Bill Zedler, the man responsible for this legal wonder. We already know that he’s a flaming ignoramus, but what else can we learn? His work career was in the healthcare industry, although the specifics aren’t described. He served in Vietnam as a hospital personnel officer, and he has five grandchildren. His photograph, however, looks like that of a 22-year old. Except for that Dorian Gray picture, he actually seems normal. But we’ll judge him by his legislative work.
Here’s a link to all the information on Zedler’s HB 2454 . It was filed on 08 March 2011, and nothing has been done with it yet. Zedler is the sole author, and apparently it has attracted no other sponsors. The bill’s text is blessedly brief. It says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
The legislative session convened on 11 January, and is scheduled to adjourn on 30 May. There’s plenty of time for all sorts of craziness. If the lawmakers are willing to pass this thing, we have no doubt that Governor Rick Perry would eagerly sign it into law.
Looking on the bright side, we can say this: Zedler’s bill isn’t one of those sneaky “academic freedom” jobs that claim to promote “critical thinking” by teaching the “strengths and [alleged] weaknesses” of evolution. No, this bill is a splendid example of straightforward, full-frontal idiocy. It forthrightly says exactly what it means — and nobody needs to lie about the bill’s purpose. For that, Zedler is to be commended. He is one of the rarest of all creatures on this earth — an honest creationist politician. He’s also hopelessly ignorant and possibly insane, but at least he isn’t trying to fool anyone.
It’s going to be interesting to watch this one work its way through the legislative process.
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