This is Easter Sunday (we extend Curmudgeonly good wishes to all) so there probably won’t be any news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism today. Therefore, let’s sit back and consider the current status of anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism legislation for the year. We’ll start with the states that have already rejected this year’s bills.
Creationism bills have failed in Kentucky, in New Mexico, in Oklahoma (Kern’s bill, but two others are still pending), and in Tennessee. (maybe — it passed in the House, but the companion bill is “on hold” in the Senate).
Now for the states that have not yet determined the fate of the bills with which they’re dealing:
Missouri: Their legislative session is scheduled to end on 30 May. The creationism bill is House Bill 195, which we first discussed here. You can track the progress of HB 195 here. It’s still sitting in the House’s Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. There’s been no activity and none is scheduled.
Florida: Their legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 06 May. The creationism bill is SB 1854: Required Instruction in the Public Schools, which we first discussed here. It’s still sitting in the Senate’s Budget and also the Education Pre-K – 12 Committees. There’s been no activity, and none is scheduled.
Oklahoma: Their legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 27 May. They’re still considering Josh Brecheen’s SENATE BILL 554 (that’s just a download link), which we first wrote about here. Our clandestine operative (code name “OO”) says that both Brecheen’s mess and yet another crazy bill (HB 1001) seem to be going nowhere.
Texas: Their legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 30 May. They’re considering Bill Zedler’s HB 2454 , which we first discussed here. It’s sitting in the House Higher Education Committee, and nothing has happened with it yet.
So there you are, dear reader. For the moment, things aren’t going well for the three groups that like to propose such legislation year after year. They are: (1) the apparently unaffiliated, religiously primitive creationists — as in Oklahoma; (2) theocratic activists in or controlled by various “Family Values” lobbies; and (3) the puppet-masters behind almost all of these efforts — 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).
Why do we care? If you don’t yet know, see The Infinite Evil of Creationism. We care — and so should you — because these bills are more than an expression of ignorance and stupidity. That’s often all that motivates the legislators who promote and vote for them, but such politicians are merely pawns. They think it’s about religion, but that’s not it at all. These bills portend nothing less than a war against Western Civilization.
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