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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