You remember New Hampshire Representative Jerry Bergevin, who pre-filed HOUSE BILL 1148. We posted about it here: New Hampshire Creationism Update (29 Dec ’11). That bill would add this new paragraph to the statutory duties of the State Board of Education:
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.]
We also reported that the Concord Monitor of Concord, New Hampshire, quoted Bergevin as saying a number of goofy things, including this:
“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.
Since then, Bergevin has been in the news for sponsoring a new bill that, as reported by the Boston Globe in NH bill would allow service refusal to gay couples, would:
allow providers of wedding-related goods or services to withhold those services if they believe doing business with gay couples would violate their conscience or religious faith. The bill also would bar lawsuits against business owners in such situations.
We didn’t post about that because the subject, although a hot one, is usually of no concern to this blog. Now, however, Bergevin is back in the news, and this time his legislative activity interests us. Today the Concord Monitor reports: Bill would mandate Bible study. It’s sub-titled: “All public schools would offer elective.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
[Many of the] founding fathers of America were profoundly influenced by the Christian Bible, and in order to understand United States history, students need to read and study it, according to a bill before the House Education Committee yesterday.
“The Holy Bible is the bedrock of Western civilization. Love it or hate it, it’s in every aspect of humanity,” said sponsor Rep. Jerry Bergevin of Manchester.
For our thoughts on that, see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Back to the news story:
Bergevin’s bill would require all schools to offer an elective social studies course in Bible studies, where students would examine the Old Testament, the New Testament or both, and learn “biblical content, characters, poetry and narratives that are the prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, morals, oratory and public poetry.”
But that’s not all! Bergevin has sponsored some other interesting bills. For example, there’s HB1147, proclaiming March 31 of each year as a day to remember Terri Schiavo (see Terri Schiavo case). And there’s also HB1416, an act relative to the introduction of substances into the New Hampshire public water supply. Yes, it mentions fluoride. Bergevin wants to preserve the purity of our precious bodily fluids. For our insight on that, see Creationism: Purity of Essence.
Let’s get back to the news about Bergevin’s bible bill:
When asked whether his goal would be fulfilled by courses in comparative religions, Bergevin emphatically and repeatedly said no. “It’s the foundation of our republic. The Bible. It’s as simple as that,” he said.
So there you are, dear reader. New Hampshire has a fine new creationist legislator, and he’s showing us the way to the future.
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