We take no pleasure in being the bearer of bad news for creationists, but it appears that the second of two creationist bills in this year’s Oklahoma legislature has just been defeated. How very sad for the bill’s supporters. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
As you know, Oklahoma had the distinction of considering not one but two creationist bills this year. A few weeks ago we reported on the demise of the first of those — see One Down, One To Go. That was Josh Brecheen’s 2013 Creationism Bill.
But the creationists had a fallback plan — Blackwell’s 2013 Creationism Bill. Like Brecheen’s bill, it was based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discovery Institute, a creationist lobbying outfit described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
Our clandestine operative in Oklahoma — code name “OO” — informs us that Blackwell’s bill has died. He’s never been wrong, but the press hasn’t yet reported anything about it, so we decided to check for ourselves. You can do likewise, but it’s a clumsy process and so far it’s not informative. To track the bill’s progress one must use this link: Tracking Reports Website, and once there you need to enter HB 1674 in the search box and then hit the “Retrieve” button. We found nothing useful.
We were about to post only in reliance on our operative’s report, but just to be sure we checked the NCSE website. Aha! They’ve got it: Second antiscience bill dies in Oklahoma. They say:
House Bill 1674 (PDF) died in the Oklahoma House of Representatives on March 14, 2013, when a deadline for bills to have their third reading in their house of origin passed.
They have more information, of course, but that’s what we were looking for. Ding dong, the witch is dead! Oklahoma can remain officially sane for another year — or until this thing goes into zombie mode and creeps back in the form of an amendment to some other bill. That maneuver has been tried before.
The legislative session doesn’t end until 31 May. Nothing and no one is safe until then.
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