Two weeks ago we posted Colorado Creationism: New Bill for 2013. It was a typical anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
The bill was primarily the work of state representative Stephen Humphrey, a former cop who is currently a mental health counselor and a marriage and family therapist.
At the website of the Fox TV station in Denver, we read Dems vote down creationism in schools measure. They say:
As expected, Democrats on the House Education Committee killed off a proposal to give Colorado’s schools and colleges legal cover to have teach creationism and to question scientific evidence of global warming in the classroom.
They quote a statement issued by Humphrey, the bill’s sponsor:
This bill is not a curriculum change that would force educators to teach intelligent design or creationism,” he said. “It simply provides legal protections to those teachers who would like to provide their students with a complete education on both the strengths and weaknesses of these hotly debated scientific subjects.”
Yeah, sure. Humphrey may believe that, but no one else does. After a few years of experience with such dozens of these bills, we’ve critiqued them here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. The news story also says:
The measure failed on 6-7 party-line vote.
It’s absolutely absurd that nonsense like this is a partisan issue, but all too often that’s the way it is.
Addendum: Just when we thought we had scooped everyone, we see that the National Center for Science Education has already posted this: Antiscience bill in Colorado fails.
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