You remember when we posted Oklahoma Creationism Bill Passes in the House. That was Sally Kern’s bill, HB1551, revived from last year, which we described in detail last January. You recall that it passed the House of Representatives on a 56-12 vote on 15 March 2012.
Well, our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have this new story: Oklahoma antiscience bill dies. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Oklahoma’s House Bill 1551, one of two bills attacking the teaching of evolution and of climate change active in the Oklahoma legislature during 2012, is now in effect dead, according to Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education.
Great news! What happened? The NCSE article continues:
[The bill was] passed by the House of Representatives on a 56-12 vote on March 15, 2012, and sent to the Senate Education Committee, where it died. April 2, 2012, was the last meeting of the Senate Education Committee in the present legislative session, and April 5, 2012, is the deadline for single-assigned house bills (such as HB 1551) to be reported from their senate committees.
Awwww! But there’s always next year. In addition, we’ve heard from one of our clandestine operatives — code name “OO” — who informs us as follows:
The large vote for the bill [in the House] encouraged proponents for the bill and most, especially the creationist crowd, expected that the bill would then pass in the Senate. However, a major response against the bill, coordinated mostly by Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education (OESE), was launched. National organizations that promptly weighed in to help included American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences, National Center for Science Education, National Earth Science Teachers Association, and National Biology Teachers Association.
Egad — those groups are the ones the Discoveroids refer to as the Darwin lobby. How sinister! “OO” continues:
These groups not only sent a message to each member of the Senate Committee, but asked their members in Oklahoma to send individual messages. Similarly, state organizations that sent messages and asked members to respond included Oklahoma Academy of Science, Oklahoma State Teachers Association, OESE, OKC and Tulsa Interfaith Alliances, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and others including special interest groups on Yahoo, etc.
That’s a handy list for the theocrats to use when they take over and purge the state of all those godless scientists. We continue:
These messages, along with some direct lobbying efforts with committee members by individuals and organizations, were certainly responsible for the defeat. … Thus, in influencing legislation, NUMBERS DO COUNT.
Indeed. We congratulate the forces of reason in Oklahoma. Well done!
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