We’ve been scooped by our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). They just posted this article: “Intelligent design” legislation in Texas again, which says:
House Bill 285, prefiled in the Texas House of Representatives on December 14, 2012, would, if enacted, add a provision to the state’s education code providing, “An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.”
That sounds familiar. Ah yes, that identical bill was introduced back in 2011, and at that time we wrote Texas’s First Creationism Bill for 2011. Like then, this year’s bill is the work of Bill Zedler. We described him in our earlier post.
Zedler’s new bill is HB 285. The text is the same as his prior bill, except for the effective date. It says:
As we said the last time this wonder was proposed:
Zedler’s bill isn’t one of those sneaky “academic freedom” jobs that claim to promote “critical thinking” by teaching the “strengths and [alleged] weaknesses” of evolution. No, this bill is a splendid example of straightforward, full-frontal idiocy. It forthrightly says exactly what it means — and nobody needs to lie about the bill’s purpose. For that, Zedler is to be commended. He is one of the rarest of all creatures on this earth — an honest creationist politician. He’s also hopelessly ignorant and possibly insane, but at least he isn’t trying to fool anyone.
You’re probably wondering what happened to Zedler’s bill last time around. Well, it gathered support. For example, see Texas Creationism: WND Supports Zedler’s Bill. But alas for the creationists, Zedler’s 2011 bill failed. NCSE reminds us:
[The bill] died in the House Committee on Higher Education without receiving a hearing when the legislature adjourned sine die on May 30, 2011.
We should also remind you of this post we made at the time: Is Bill Zedler the Dumbest Man in Texas?
The 2013 Texas legislative session begins on 08 Jan and is scheduled to end on 27 May. We look forward to the new bill’s passage and to all the intelligent design research that the great universities of Texas will then conduct. Free at last, free at last!
Hey, Zedler: We suggest that they should start the research by sending a probe to Uranus. The evidence they seek is undoubtedly there.
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