Tennessee’s Creationism Bill: 16 Mar ’11 Update

We spotted a new post by Casey at the creationist blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).

Casey’s article is Tennessee House Education Committee Passes Academic Freedom Bill . It says:

An academic freedom bill passed out of the Tennessee House Education Committee today by a vote of 9-4.

He’s talking about HOUSE BILL 368 (2-page pdf file), sponsored in the legislature by Bill Dunn, a tree surgeon. We’ve written several times about this, most recently here: Tennessee Creationism Bill: Night and Day.

Being naturally disinclined to take a Discoveroid’s word for anything, we looked for news articles to confirm what Casey said — but we didn’t find anything. Nevertheless, we thought it likely that Casey was correct because, as disclosed by Lauri Lebo, the Discoveroids drafted this particular bill and gave it to the activist who gave it to the bill’s sponsor. So they probably have a good source of information.

Still, we checked the Tennessee legislature’s website. At this page: Floor and Committee Votes, we learned that Casey was right — at least in part. The bill did pass a committee vote; but it didn’t pass the House Education Committee as Casey claimed. Instead, it was passed by the Education Subcommittee. It now goes to the full Education Committee. If it passes there, it will be voted on by the full House. And it needs to pass the Senate too.

The votes in the subcommittee were as follows: Representatives voting aye were: Brooks H, Brooks K, Carr, DeBerry J, Dunn, Hensley, Lollar, Maggart, Montgomery. Representatives voting no were: DeBerry L, Fitzhugh, Naifeh, Pitts. They approved the bill 9 to 4. Casey got the numbers right.

We’re still sticking by our prediction of a few weeks ago that Tennessee’s Creationism Bill Will Become Law. But we’d love to be wrong.

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3 responses to “Tennessee’s Creationism Bill: 16 Mar ’11 Update

  1. I wrote every member of the sub committee and the full house committee. Only one person responded and he blew me off. I feel sick right now. I don’t know what else to do. I warned Knoxville, last year, that our brush up with creationism could spawn some nonsense like this. Although my editorial was printed, I don’t think it did any good. This is very discouraging.

  2. Gabriel Hanna

    Don’t feel bad, Kevin. Creationist dumbassery is older than you and while be here after you are gone. Here is some wisdom to confort you:

    FOOL, n. A person who pervades the domain of intellectual speculation and diffuses himself through the channels of moral activity. He is omnific, omniform, omnipercipient, omniscience, omnipotent. He it was who invented letters, printing, the railroad, the steamboat, the telegraph, the platitude and the circle of the sciences. He created patriotism and taught the nations war—founded theology, philosophy, law, medicine and Chicago. He established monarchical and republican government. He is from everlasting to everlasting—such as creation’s dawn beheld he fooleth now. In the morning of time he sang upon primitive hills, and in the noonday of existence headed the procession of being. His grandmotherly hand was warmly tucked-in the set sun of civilization, and in the twilight he prepares Man’s evening meal of milk-and-morality and turns down the covers of the universal grave. And after the rest of us shall have retired for the night of eternal oblivion he will sit up to write a history of human civilization.

  3. They may end up getting it passed, which is bad. However, I do find it amusing to watch creationists celebrate every hurdle as if its a real victory. Like the Santorum amendment, I’m sure they’ll be declaring vicotory even if it doesn’t become law.

    In other places I’ve compared this sort of creationist shenaningan to a football team putting on a victory celebration to mark their safe arrival at the stadium. That analogy seems apt here, for the celebration of a sub-committee vote to pass the bill to the full committee.