Most of you remember that we were following a peculiar legislative proposal in Alabama, which we last described six weeks ago: Alabama’s 2012 Creationism Bill Creeps Ahead. The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:
We’re speaking of HB133. If you click on that website, then you’ll have to click on “Bills” in the margin, and then “Status” and then enter “HB133″ to receive minimal information. Want more? If you then click on the HB133 button, you’re allowed to click on “View” at the top of the window. That gives you a little popup window that has the bill’s text. But we provided that in our first post on this thing [here: Alabama Creationism Bill for 2012], so save yourself the trouble
The bill, introduced into the House by Blaine Galliher, would give high school academic credit for religious instruction during school hours, as long as such classes were conducted off-campus by teachers who aren’t employed by the state, and the students’ transportation couldn’t be at state expense.
In other words, there is such an unnatural craving for creationism in the public schools that the legislature is seriously considering this bizarre scheme of authorizing not only official state approval for such “back alley” classes, but the state will also grant academic credit for whatever goes on in such creationist madrasahs.
When we last visited the issue, the House Education Policy Committee had approved the bill. Now, our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) report: Credit-for-creationism scheme dies in Alabama. We’re leaving out their links in the excerpts that follow, so if you want to go to their sources, please click over to NCSE to read their posted article. In brief, what they say is this, with bold font added by us:
When the last day of the regular legislative session of the Alabama legislature ended on May 16, 2012, a bill that would have established a credit-for-creationism scheme died.
That’s not as satisfying as being overwhelmingly voted down, but when it comes to creationism bills, any death is a good death. Let’s read on:
Its sponsor, Blaine Galliher (R-District 30), explained his purpose in introducing the bill to WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama (February 5, 2012): “They teach evolution in the textbooks, but they don’t teach a creation theory … Creation has just as much right to be taught in the school system as evolution does and I think this is simply providing the vehicle to do that.”
Smart man! As we said before, it would be like going to Sunday school on public school time and getting credit for it. NCSE adds this:
The Alabama Academy of Science issued a position statement in March 2012, saying that HB 133 “would undermine the science instruction that students receive on campus and which is presently guided by the Alabama Course of Study in Science” and that “the introduction of classroom subject content through the political process not only violates the academic freedom of the subject specialists to determine relevant and scientifically sound concepts, but also represents an inappropriate and potentially dangerous precedent for American public education.”
Did you get that? This creationism bill was criticized as violating “the academic freedom of the subject specialists” — a delightful rejoinder using a phrase misleadingly exploited by Discoveroids. Well done!
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