Texas’s 2011 Creationism Bill: Probably Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

We are boldly making this prediction a couple of days early. This is Friday, 27 May. The Texas legislature is scheduled to adjourn on Monday, 30 May. There’s not much time for anything to happen that might affect the bill that concerns us.

We’re talking about what we first reported here: Texas’s First Creationism Bill for 2011. It’s Bill Zedler‘s handiwork, HB 2454 . It was filed on 08 March 2011, and nothing has happened since it was assigned to the Higher Education Committee on 14 March. No hearings, no votes, no co-sponsors — nothing. Nor is there a companion bill in the state Senate.

Well, let’s be fair. Zedler’s bill did get some support — from WorldNetDaily. See: WND Supports Zedler’s Bill. And he got some press coverage on the subject. See: Is Bill Zedler the Dumbest Man in Texas?

In case you’ve forgotten, Zedler’s tragically misguided bill provided:

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.

As we said in our first post about it:

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.

That’s still our opinion. And if Zedler is back in the legislature next year, he’ll probably introduce the same bill again. That’s how it is with creationists. Their ignorance is incurable.

We could be wrong, but we feel we’re on safe ground in predicting that Zedler’s silly bill is dead — for this session. If we’re correct, Texas will join several other states that have failed to pass creationism bills this year.

Such bills have died in Florida, in Kentucky, in Missouri, in New Mexico, in Tennessee, and probably in Oklahoma (that was Kern’s bill, although two others are still pending; but the legislature is scheduled to adjourn today, 27 May).

No other creationism bills are pending in any other states. Not everything has gone our way this year, but we take pleasure in reporting that, on balance, it’s been a very bad year for the creationists.

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3 responses to “Texas’s 2011 Creationism Bill: Probably Dead

  1. The Oklahoma Legisature did not reconvene today, thus the bills that could have been considered are dead for this year, but some bills can be carried over to the next session. During the past 11 years, Oklahoma has avoided creationst laws, but votes have been very close. We expect that we will be assaulted again with bad bills. Thus as SC points pout, except for LA creationist efforts have failed in other states – perhaps a good sign?

  2. Thank you, Victor. You’re our man in Oklahoma.

  3. There was one co-sponsor who was added very late. White… whoever that is… not that it matters.