Our clandestine operative in Oklahoma — code name “OO” — tipped us off that Josh Brecheen is at it again. When we first started writing about Brecheen’s creationist activity, his occupation was tractor salesman. That’s was changed last year. His official page at the Senate’s website — Senator Josh Brecheen – District 6 — indicates that his occupation is now Motivational Speaker. Stylish photo, isn’t it?
Last year he attempted to get a creationism bill passed. We wrote about it here. It was based on Louisiana’s Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), which permits unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — to be used in science classes.
Brecheen’s latest bill (pre-filed) is SB758 . You have to read it in Microsoft Word. We won’t bother to copy it; the operative provisions are almost identical to the new Missouri bill we quoted and wrote about here: Missouri Creationism: New Bill for 2013. Because the bills are so similar, we’ll repeat what we said there:
That’s pretty much based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.. We’ve already critiqued their model bill here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. In that same post we also recommended countermeasures.
There’s not much originality on display here, but we shouldn’t really expect any. Creationist legislators are like the hoards of zombies we see in cheap horror movies — they don’t think, they don’t learn, they just mindlessly keep attacking.
To track the bill’s progress you can use this link: Tracking Reports Website, but once there you need to enter SB758 in the search box and then hit the “Retrieve” button. You’ll learn that nothing has happened yet, which is not surprising because it’s a pre-filed bill.
There’s a lot of creationist activity in Oklahoma this year. Our operative, OO, says: “We are being inundated.” We previously wrote about what may be a proposed Creationism Constitutional Amendment. Besides that there’s another pre-filed creationism bill. You can read about it at the website of our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in this post: Two antiscience bills in Oklahoma. We’ll be writing about that other bill in the near future.
The Oklahoma legislative session begins on 04 February, and it’s scheduled to adjourn on 31 May.
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