New Hampshire Creationism: 2nd Bergevin Bill Dies

Creationist bill, road kill

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.

One was the brain child of Representative Jerry Bergevin. His bill was HOUSE BILL 1148, which would add this to the 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.

The other bill was the product of Representatives Gary Hopper and John Burt. That was HOUSE BILL 1457, which would add this 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.

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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8 responses to “New Hampshire Creationism: 2nd Bergevin Bill Dies

  1. An Off-Topic question, if I may:

    After the Kitzmiller trial didn’t the DI back off from claim the intelligent design is a theory, and admit it is “only a criticism” of evolutionary theory? Have they forgotten/buried this admission, and did they try to retract it?

    Perhaps it was just Behe who said that, but I thought there were other who said the same.

  2. Tomato Addict asks:

    After the Kitzmiller trial didn’t the DI back off from claim the intelligent design is a theory, and admit it is “only a criticism” of evolutionary theory?

    I’ve written about two such admissions, one by Behe, here: Behe Admits He Has No Theory, and one by Medved here: Discovery Institute: ID isn’t even a theory!

  3. Please save me the effort to read another double-speak, legalese-laden bill. Are you saying that Bergevin a chemophobe in addition to being a “fluddite”?

  4. Frank J says: “Please save me the effort to read another double-speak, legalese-laden bill.”

    Sorry, no slackers allowed. Your assignment is to read the bill and to report back on it.

  5. You want a report, you got it. The key sentence:

    “No substance shall be introduced into the public water supply of the state unless it is required by the department to make the water potable.”

    I like that it says “substance” and not “chemical,” which should never be used as a noun, because that exploits more public misconceptions than creationism/ID does. Beyond that it’s so vague to be almost meaningless. It sounds like the department has to provide more justifcation that the water would not be potable without those substances. I would expect that they have plenty data already, but that it’s not well understood to the science-illiterate bureaucrats.

    I’m often told that chemophobes and evolution-deniers are very different demographics, but I think there is much more overlap than most people think. And I have plenty of personal anecdotal evidence to back it up. People who are suspicious of evolution tend to be suspicious of all science, and corredspondingly gullible to snake oil peddlers of all “kinds.”

  6. @Curmie: Thanks

    “No substance shall be introduced into the public water supply of the state unless it is required by the department to make the water potable.”

    We could take the homeopathic interpretation and conclude that adding water to water does nothing to make it potable. Therefore you are prohibited from adding water to your water supply.

  7. “No substance shall be introduced into the public water supply of the state unless it is required by the department to make the water potable.”

    Most likely this prohibition is aimed at fluoride treatments. They do nothing for potability, being aimed only at preventing tooth decay by strengthening children’s teeth. Maybe Bergevin saw *Dr. Strangelove* and became a disciple of Col. Jack D. Ripper.

  8. “We must not allow communist infiltration, communist subversion, and the international communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.”