Missouri Creationism — Meet Rick Brattin

As you know, there are two creationist bills pending in the Missouri legislature. The first one is sponsored by Andrew Koenig — it’s a typical “academic freedom” bill like the model promoted by the Discovery Institute. There hasn’t been anything happening with it — no hearings, nothing.

We wrote about the second bill here. It’s the craziest of all such bills we’ve seen since we started this humble blog, and it’s the work of Rick Brattin, a high school graduate who owns and operates Brattin Drywall Company.

His bill is House Bill 291. You can track the bill’s progress at that link (nothing’s happened yet, and no hearings are scheduled). He proposed the same bill last year, which went nowhere. Here’s where you can read the bill: Text of HB 291, and Koenig is a co-sponsor. In for a penny, in for a pound.

Although nothing’s happened in the legislature so far, there’s plenty of time — they’re not scheduled to adjourn until 30 May. Meanwhile, we found some news about Brattin and his bill. We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Rick Brattin, Who Wants Anti-Evolution Lessons In Missouri Schools: “I’m A Science Enthusiast”, which appears in the Riverfront Times (RFT), a newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri. The bold font was added by us:

Missouri Representative Rick Brattin, a Republican, has introduced a bill that would mandate schools across the state give “equal treatment” to the theory of evolution and so-called “intelligent design,” which is similar to creationism. Why?

I’m a science enthusiast,” he tells Daily RFT. “I’m a huge science buff.

Ah, that explains it. Because you already know about his bill, we’ll just skip around and give you some quotes from Brattin. They’re very illuminating. Here we go:

Brattin explains to us, “I just believe that there are more theories than one in science.” What the bill does, he says, is mandate that teachers and instructional material “distinguish what is, in fact, theory and what is, in fact, empirical data…. There’s so much of the theory of evolution that is being taught as fact … things like the primordial ooze.

Yeah, the Ooze Theory needs to be knocked off its pedestal. Here’s more:

He adds, “With theories, they need to have equal treatment, objective treatment, not one brushed aside.” The one he doesn’t want brushed aside is intelligent design, an alternative theory of life to natural selection.

It’s inspiring to see someone so dedicated to the cult of the intelligent designer. Missouri is fortunate to have Brattin in the legislature. Moving along:

[H]is bill has nothing to do with religion, Brattin says. In fact — it is the opponents who are being religious in their stubborn support of evolution.

“This is like their religion,” he says. “They believe this wholeheartedly … . They believe you are attacking what is absolutely one hundred percent true. I’ve had numerous college professors within biology, school science teachers…who say they are not allowed to teach any type of theory [like intelligent design]…. They are banned from the science community.”

He’s had “numerous college professors” tell him that? Or has he merely seen Ben Stein’s sleazy propaganda film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed? Let’s read on:

Brattin argues that he is motivated to put forward this bill because he believes in science. “This isn’t preaching that God designed this,” he says. “This is saying, it had to come from some sort of intelligence.”

Oh. It’s not God, it’s “some sort of intelligence.” Right. One last excerpt:

“The naysayers keep involving religion,” says Brattin, who also introduced this bill last year. “This has to do with science. This is about testable data in today’s world.”

So there you are. You know about the bill, and now you know the motivation of its sponsor. There’s not much else to know except the fate of the bill. For that, we’ll just have to wait.

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14 responses to “Missouri Creationism — Meet Rick Brattin

  1. Eddie Janssen

    If the Intelligent Designer is not the christian God, mister Brattin should explain why this Intelligent Designer designed the Universe and stuff before God could do it (Intelligent Designer 1, God 0) or why he created God after creating the Universe and stuff.

  2. Christine Janis

    “I’ve had numerous college professors within biology, school science teachers…who say they are not allowed to teach any type of theory [like intelligent design]…. They are banned from the science community”

    If they’ve been banned from the science community, then how exactly has he encountered them?

  3. David Williams

    Calling something a science that has nothing to do with real science does not make it so. It has to function as a science. Putting sugar and cinnamon on a meadow muffin does not make it a tasty pastry, neither does scientific sounding jargon make Intelligent Design Creationism a science. I don’t know of any research that uses stuff such as irreducible complexity or specified complexity. I also do not know of anyone that would eat a meadow muffin, even if it was enhanced with sugar and cinnamon.

  4. doodlebugger

    “This is like their religion,” Brattin says.
    Curmudgeonly Theorem of Creationist Deities
    (ok made up the deities part) states
    “Creationists see everything as religion”.
    As opposed to the DocBill Rule of Creationism, which is,
    “They’re all liars”.
    Two excellent maxims to recall and both appear to be exactly correct.

  5. gnome de net

    That should have included

    <Akin Alert>


    </Akin Alert>

  6. Agghhh!!! The sad part is this walking tumor really thinks he is a science buff.

  7. Ceteris Paribus

    In a political system which was founded on the enlightenment idea that science, reason, and discourse could and should trump inherited superstitions or the whims of kings, it is sad to now see so many creationists rushing to and fro using their elected positions to bring back the good old days when religious dissenters could be stripped naked and publicly whipped, and/or hung on the Boston Commons.

  8. @Eddie Janssen –
    And I’d like to know why the Intelligent Designer found it necessary to redesign things after they were created. Whether or not the ID(s) were God, what there was lacking in the original creation.

  9. Diplodocus G

    Being a native of Missouri, all I can do when I read stuff like this is *facepalm*. Has Missouri become the new Kansas? Is this nonsense migrating East or are they simply picking up the fight in neighboring states hoping one is too slow to stop it being passed?

  10. As for Missourah, there’s this delightful story about some marching band students who used an evolutionary ape-to-man progression on a T-shirt.

    The Anti-Darwinist Thought Police complained. Not only did the asst. principal demand the return of the shirts, but she did so because the school district is required to remain neutral in religious matters. So the district policy is that evolution is a religion. Well, what’s next? I mean after global warming, they already called that relgion. Relativity is religion? Gravity is religion?

    What would Mark Twain think about that?

  11. Oh by the way, we were discussing the other day whether the Tea Party was mostly creationists.

    When Todd Akin went full creationist, he did so at a Tea Party meeting.

    You know that system that women’s bodies have to “shut that whole thing down” and not get pregnant when they’re raped? Is that system Irreducibly Complex?

    Is it intelligently designed, or evolved? If it’s intelligently designed, why would Eve need an anti-rape system in the Garden of Eden?

  12. Diogenes, after his Bethell comment which was excellent and informative, couldn’t resist mentioning Akin, whose declaration of creationism occurred “at a Tea Party meeting.”

    Well, that settles the Tea Party issue. Hey, what was the zip code where that happened? And how far beyond that does the circle of certain guilt extend? By the way, I heard about a guest speaker at a Democrat party meeting who got drunk, mooned the crowd, and grabbed a girl’s boob. That means they’re all like that, huh?

    And now will you please let go of the issue — at least for a while?