Our clandestine operative in Oklahoma — code name “OO” — tipped us off that Josh Brecheen is at it again. When we left Josh last year (see Creationist Josh Brecheen Prays for Rain) he was totally out of his mind, and it appears that his condition hasn’t improved.
When we were writing last year about Brecheen’s creationist activity, his occupation was tractor salesman. That’s been changed. His official page at the Senate’s website — Senator Josh Brecheen – District 6 — indicates that his occupation is now Motivational Speaker. His new photograph which adorns this post is rather impressive too — nice idiotic grin above his black shirt and white necktie.
Anyway, he’s pre-filed another creationist bill for his fellow lawmakers to consider. It’s different from what he proposed last year (see Josh Brecheen’s Oklahoma Creationism Bill). Brecheen’s new bill is based on Louisiana’s Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), which permits unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — to be used in science classes. The Louisiana law was inspired by the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
Brecheen’s latest bill is SB 1742. It says, with bold font added by us:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
SECTION 1: Recognizing the importance of critical thinking, logical analysis and objective discussion in education it is the intent of the Legislature to foster an environment in public schools where such learning occurs. This act is modeled on a Louisiana law which has not been invalidated by the highest court of the State of Louisiana or a federal district court. Legal challenges to academic freedom bills have historically alleged that such bills are intended to allow the teaching of creationism or intelligent design. This bill does not propose that schools teach creationism or intelligent design, rather, it is the intent to foster an environment of critical thinking in schools including a scientific critique of the theory of evolution.
SECTION 2: A. The State Board of Education, upon the request of a school district board of education, shall allow and assist teachers, principals, and school administrators in creating an environment within the public school system that promotes critical thinking, logical analysis, open and objective discussion of scientific theories including, but not limited to, evolution, the origin of life, global warming, and human cloning. Assistance shall include support and guidance for teachers regarding effective ways to help students understand, analyze, critique, and objectively review scientific theories being studied, including those enumerated in this subsection.
SECTION 2: B. A teacher shall teach the material presented in the standard science textbook and may use supplemental textbooks and instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner.
SECTION 2: C. This act shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine or set of religious beliefs. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!]
SECTION 2: D. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this act.
SECTION 3: This act shall become effective July 1, 2012.
SECTION 4: It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval.
Oklahoma’s legislative session starts on 06 February 6 and is scheduled to end on 26 May. This one will be fun to watch.
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