You already know about the demise of two creationism bills in New Hampshire, which we recently reported here: New Hampshire: Both Creationism Bills Are Dead.
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.
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.
But there was more going on in New Hampshire than just those two items. As we reported here, Is New Hampshire’s Jerry Bergevin Insane?, Bergevin had introduced several goofy bills, one of which was HB1712 . According to the Concord Monitor in Bill would mandate Bible study, that 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.
Now that same newspaper, in Committee votes down Bible class, informs us as follows, with bold font added by us:
The House Education Committee quickly and quietly voted to recommend dismissing a bill that would mandate Bible studies courses in public schools. The committee voted 17-0 yesterday to put the bill on the consent calendar as inexpedient to legislate.
The vote was seventeen to zero! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Bergevin of Manchester, would require all schools to offer an elective social studies course on the Bible, highlighting its impact and effect “on law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values, and culture.”
Here’s one more excerpt:
Several committee members said at the hearing they could not support dictating a curriculum to schools, and no committee member offered amendments yesterday. In seconding the motion to reject it, Rep. Mary Gorman of Nashua said of the bill: “It speaks for itself.”
You can check out the bill’s status right here. That page hasn’t been updated yet, and it shows that the bill is still sitting in the House’s Education Committee. But it’s dead.
All is not lost for Bergevin, however. He still has hopes for his 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.
We certainly hope Bergevin gets re-elected. He’s terrific!
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