Kentucky’s 2011 Creationism Bill: It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

It was a little over two months ago that we posted Kentucky Creationism: First Bill for 2011, in which we informed you:

Kentucky can be proud. Not only are they the home of the mind-boggling Creation Museum, the brain child of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), but now they’ve got the first creationist bill of the year cooking in their legislature. Maybe they should change their state’s motto to: Kentucky — First in Creationism!

The bill was HB169, and it had been introduced into the legislature by Representative Tim Moore.

Moore’s bill was the usual creationist nonsense, including the traditional code-words and stealthy expressions like “critical thinking,” and “advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories.” Also, it authorized teachers to use “other instructional materials” — which everyone understood to be the green light for bringing creationist tracts into science class. We’ve seen similar bills introduced into the legislatures of several other states this year and in prior years, but so far only Louisiana has been backward enough to pass such a law.

We’ve just learned from our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) that the Antievolution bill dies in Kentucky. They say:

When the Kentucky legislature adjourned sine die on March 9, 2011, House Bill 169 died in committee.

The Kentucky legislature’s session had been scheduled to end on March 22, but it seems that they’ve adjourned early — a blessing to the people of that state. Poor Tim Moore. This just wasn’t his year. But that’s okay — Kentucky still has Ken Ham, so there’s plenty of opportunity for inflicting creationist indoctrination on the young minds of that state.

We’ll close by repeating what we said last year when a similar creationism bill by Tim Moore died:

And now your Curmudgeon will boldly make a prediction. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, really. We know that people like Tim Moore never learn, so if he’s back in the legislature next year, he’ll attempt another creationism bill. No doubt about it; he’s on a mission.

Perhaps this is an omen, foretelling the fate of all the other creationism bills sitting in other state legislatures. Time will tell.

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One response to “Kentucky’s 2011 Creationism Bill: It’s Dead

  1. My predictions:

    Missouri bill: won’t get out of committee. Again.
    Florida bill: won’t make it, too many economic issues to deal with.
    Texas bill: won’t make it, if only because we’re in such trouble as a nation if a bill that explicitly defends the non-existent scientific theory of ID becomes law. I’m sure Perry would sign it, too.
    Tennessee bill: not sure; really hoping SC’s prediction is wrong.