Creationist Legislation: Mid-2013 Report

The calendar year is young, but a lot of state legislatures meet early in the year, so it’s time for a mid-term roundup for the 2013 legislative season.

So far this year, creationism bills have failed in Arizona, and in Colorado, and in Indiana, and in Montana (well, tabled and probably dead), and in Oklahoma (two bills).

But other bills are still pending in some states. There are two bills pending in Missouri — Andrew Koenig’s HB 179, described here (a typical “academic freedom” bill), and Rick Brattin’s totally crazed House Bill 291, described here.

Then there’s North Carolina’s Bible Class Bill, which is difficult to distinguish from a bill to promote creationism. It hasn’t made any progress, one way or another.

And in Texas there’s Bill Zedler’s bill, HB 285, to prevent discrimination against intelligent design research at the university level. It’s described here, and the thing is still sitting in the House Higher Education Committee.

Those are the only bills we’re aware of, but there’s plenty of time for more. If you want to see the dates of this year’s state legislative sessions, you can refer to this: 2013 Legislative Session Calendar.

As we’ve said before, you should remember that what’s at stake here isn’t only the theory of evolution. All the babbling about that is merely the confused ravings of misguided simpletons and crazed charlatans. What’s really going on is a conflict of infinitely greater importance. We’re engaged in a war for the preservation of the Enlightenment, which is the ultimate accomplishment of Western Civilization. Even if you’re not personally involved, you’re going to be affected, so you’ve got to be aware of what’s going on.

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4 responses to “Creationist Legislation: Mid-2013 Report

  1. Said it before, but I’m indebted to you for keeping abreast of this silliness. You have truly become my go-to source on creationist lunacy. Thank you.

  2. I thought Missouri HB 291 (BSC bill which mandates definitions of “theory”, “fact”, etc.) was dead.

  3. Diogenes says:

    I thought Missouri HB 291 (BSC bill which mandates definitions of “theory”, “fact”, etc.) was dead.

    I think it’s still sitting in committee.

  4. If this keeps up, I’m just going to have to write my own creationism bill, and donate it to every politician in the country.

    My bill won’t mention “creator” or “design” of course, because those are inappropriate concepts for any science class, public or private. And apparently doubly problematic for public schools because they could either promote, or inhibit free exercise of, some religions at the expense of others. Nor will it have have the usual long-discredited “weaknesses” of evolution that both misrepresent science and are always traceable to peddlers of the other scams.

    My bill won’t need any of that nonsense, because it will be strictly about my own “creationist theory.” All the “whats, where’s, whens and hows” will be spelled out and defended on their own “convergence, neither sought nor fabricated” of evidence. And students will be encouraged to critically analyze it – the correct way, not the bogus way “designed” specifically to promote unreasonable doubt.

    So let’s see. Should I pick a young-earth or old earth “theory”? Heliocentric or geocentric? And which “kinds” should I claim share no common ancestors with any other? Hmm. I’ll need to give that a little more thought and get back to you. 🙂