Oklahoma Creationism: All 2012 Bills Are Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

One of our clandestine operatives — code named “OO” — gave us the word first. Then it appeared at the website of our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Then other operatives sent word to us. Rejoice! The creationist idiocy in the Oklahoma legislature is dead for another year!

As NCSE says, in Oklahoma okay at last:

When the Oklahoma legislature adjourned sine die on May 25, 2012, no fewer than three legislative attempts to attack the teaching of evolution and of climate change were finally laid to rest.

M’god! There were three creationism bills in that state? Well, a couple of months ago in One Down, One To Go we reported that Oklahoma had been dealing with Josh Brecheen’s 2012 Creationism Bill (that was SB 1742, ), and also Sally Kern’s Bill — that was HB1551, revived from the year before. At the time of our post, Brecheen’s bill (modeled after the Louisiana law) had died, but Kern’s was going strong.

In Oklahoma’s 2nd 2012 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead, we happily reported on the demise of Kern’s bill. But then, like one of those mummy movies, the accursed thing rose from the dead and once more stalked the state. We told the tale in It’s Back Again! Oklahoma woke up one day and found itself dealing with a third creationism bill.

That nasty resurrection — or transmigration, really — was due to political trickery. Some unrelated piece of legislation was suddenly amended to included all of Kern’s bill, so the people of Oklahoma were now dealing with Senator Steve Russell – District 45 and his newly-amended HB 2341.

That was the situation at the start of April, when the legislative session still had several weeks left to go before adjournment, and the forces of rationality had already exhausted themselves fighting against first Brecheen’s bill and then Kern’s. But when the legislature adjourned yesterday, Russel’s reborn Kern bill died with it.

In the words of our clandestine operative: “We are safe for another year.” A lot of the credit for this result is due to the tireless efforts of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education.

But we’ve seen this movie before. The mummy always manages to rise again, so rest up, guys. The forces of madness will be back next year.

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4 responses to “Oklahoma Creationism: All 2012 Bills Are Dead

  1. Dave de Vries

    Such is the way of politics; the game never ends. What’s true today can change tomorrow.

    A year’s reprieve is a great outcome. And it’s always refreshing when sanity wins through.

  2. aturingtest

    In Missouri, meanwhile…

    From the article, a quote from the proposed Missouri constitutional amendment, which supposedly only addresses the right to pray in public:

    “. . . that students may express their beliefs about religion in written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their work; that no student shall be compelled to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate his or her religious beliefs;”

    This is kind of hidden in the language of the amendment, and is not contained in the summary of it that will be easily available to the voters deciding on it. This is one of those “who could object?” amendments, with essentially-hidden language to which lots of folks would object.

  3. Good catch, aturingtest.

  4. aturingtest

    Thanks, SC, but I can’t really take any credit for a stumble-on and a catch, can I? I saw this by way of Freethoughtblogs (Alethian Worldview- “Missouri votes on redundant First Amendment amendment”) and thought it was worth bringing up with someone who can bring it to the attention of a lot more folks than I can.