This is a continuation of the sad tale we last wrote about here: Creationist Madness in New Hampshire. The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:
Theory of Evolution. Require evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists’ political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism. [Bold added for emphasis.]
But wait — there’s more! Representatives Gary Hopper and John Burt (who doesn’t yet have a page at the legislature’s website) have pre-filed HOUSE BILL 1457, which adds this new paragraph to the duties of the State Board of Education:
Scientific Inquiry. Require science teachers to instruct pupils that proper scientific inquire [sic] results from not committing to any one theory or hypothesis, no matter how firmly it appears to be established, and that scientific and technological innovations based on new evidence can challenge accepted scientific theories or modes. [Bold added for emphasis.]
In the Concord Monitor of Concord, New Hampshire we read Bills aim to roll back teaching evolution. The news is that the Monitor has some interesting quotes from the sponsors of those two idiotic bills. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
To state Rep. Jerry Bergevin, the horrors of the Columbine school shooting and the atrocities of Nazi Germany are linked by the theory of evolution, and that’s all the evidence he needs to see that New Hampshire’s children shouldn’t be taught that it’s correct.
What a maroon! Let’s read on:
The second bill, introduced by Reps. Gary Hopper of Weare and John Burt of Goffstown, more vaguely calls for science teachers to “instruct pupils that proper scientific (inquiry) results from not committing to any one theory or hypothesis . . . and that scientific and technological innovations based on new evidence can challenge accepted scientific theories.”
Hopper points to the state constitution and its order that teachers support their students’ “morality and piety” for the justification of his bill.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We continue:
Evolution as it’s currently taught tells students “life just happens. It’s just a byproduct of the universe and they are here by accident,” he [Hopper] said. “But more and more scientists are coming to the conclusion that it was not even remotely possible that it happened by accident. I want to introduce children to the idea that they have a purpose for being here.”
He would like to see intelligent design – the idea that a creator controlled how early life on Earth developed – taught in classrooms, but hasn’t been able to find an example of the philosophy being successfully legislated into schools.
Now back to the first genius, Bergevin:
Bergevin is less interested in the science of evolution than he is in the political and religious views of Darwin and his disciples. His bill would require schools to teach evolution as a theory, and include “the theorists’ political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism.”
“I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the ideas to be presented. It’s a worldview and it’s godless. Atheism has been tried in various societies, and they’ve been pretty criminal domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union, Cuba, the Nazis, China today: they don’t respect human rights,” he said.
“As a general court we should be concerned with criminal ideas like this and how we are teaching it. . . . Columbine, remember that? They were believers in evolution. That’s evidence right there,” he said.
We rarely see end-stage brain-death displayed so clearly. Then the Monitor quotes Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education:
“You’re not improving science education for young people by pretending that well-established ideas are up for grabs. The idea of evolution, that living things have common ancestors, is not being challenged in science today,” she said. “Neither of these bills are going to advance science education in New Hampshire and neither of them deserve to be inflicted upon the students in your state.”
That’s not all she had to say:
Bergevin’s bill “should be obviously unacceptable to legislators on its face. They ought to be able to see pretty quickly that this bill is just silly,” Scott said.
Besides, the bill would present teachers with the impossible task of tracking down information about every scientist mentioned in a textbook or other class material, “which is pretty dopey,” she said.
Silly and dopey. Strong criticism indeed from Genie Scott! One last excerpt:
Both bills have been referred to the House Education Committee for hearings in early February.
We never imagined that New Hampshire would provide us with this kind of entertainment. From this source we learn that the New Hampshire legislative session for 2012 runs from 04 January to 01 July. Stay tuned for more.
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