The last time we wrote about this bit of state legislative madness was Montana Creationism Bill Has a Dull Hearing.
The original bill, pre-filed by newly-elected member of the Montana House of Representatives, Republican Clayton Fiscus, would have required public schools to teach intelligent design along with evolution. But it suddenly morphed into a Discovery Institute style “academic freedom” bill.
As you already know, there were two dozen people at the Education Committee hearing who opposed the bill, and the only supporter was Fiscus himself. You can watch the hearing in the video above. We don’t know who is speaking during the introduction, but that only lasts for a minute. Then you can see Fiscus speaking in favor of his bill. He’s stumbling, bumbling, rambling, and babbling — for all we know he was also soiling his trousers. He told the committee that everyone believed the Earth was flat until Columbus proved it was round. The man knows absolutely nothing, and everything he thinks he knows is wrong.
After that you get to see the opposition speakers. Each of them speaks for only a minute or so, and they’re all good. The last one is a theology professor who also opposes the bill. Then Fiscus speaks again at about twelve and a half minutes into the video. His remarks, about 2 minutes long, are the last. Then the hearing ends.
So what happened? As you can see at this link to the Montana legislature: Bill Draft Number: LC0599, the bill was “Tabled in Committee.” There’s no information about voting. We’re not sure if that means the bill is effectively dead, or if it might be reconsidered at some future date. The Montana legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until 27 April.
The National Center for Science Education has posted about about this here: Montana’s antievolution bill tabled.
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