Oklahoma: Josh Brecheen’s 2013 Creationism Bill

Josh Brecheen

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.

Update: Oklahoma Creationism: One Down, One To Go.

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4 responses to “Oklahoma: Josh Brecheen’s 2013 Creationism Bill

  1. Boy, 2013 is starting to look like it’s going to be busy year…

  2. Charley Horse

    The int.doc file can be read in Libre Office and OpenOffice, too.
    Then converted to pdf and copied here if needed.

    SECTION 3. This act shall become effective July 1, 2013.
    SECTION 4. It being immediately necessary for the preservation
    of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby
    declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and
    be in full force from and after its passage and approval.

    I suspect those sections often get used a lot more than intended.
    Hey, the Xians have been waiting and predicting their great Jewish
    Hope would return for over 2000 years. So futile. Calling an
    emergency to proselytize to school kids is rather dimwitted.

  3. Charley Horse, we ran into that “emergency” language last year. It’s some technical Oklahoma thing to get the law to go into effect immediately.

  4. So this is the 2013 strategy of the Dishonesty Institute.