Oklahoma’s Second Creationism Bill Dies

Creationist bill, road kill

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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17 responses to “Oklahoma’s Second Creationism Bill Dies

  1. Creationists are starting to remind me of Wyle E. Coyote, no matter how well thought out and cunning they think their plans are they end up at the bottom of a canyon with an anvil falling on their heads.

  2. @anevilmeme — Good analogy. However, Wyle E. was smarter.

  3. Christine Janis

    “Academic Freedom act”: never did “Ignorance is Strength” seem more appropriate

  4. http://defendyourpost.wordpress.com/

    Is this something you might be interested in getting involved with? It’s a project in the works.

    If you have a specific post to nominate, suggestions or if you have any questions — please let me know.

  5. theguywiththeeye asks: “Is this something you might be interested in getting involved with?”

    No. Not at all. I don’t like reblogging.

  6. You wouldn’t do the reblogging …

    The posts which are reblogged are essentially “on the chopping block”.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to comment on a ridiculous creationist’s blog, but they are not inclined to approve comments they don’t agree with. The hope is that this format might motivate them.

    It’s a one-on-one debate where they can also promote a charity. One original author. One challenger.

  7. I’m not interested in debating creationists, theguywiththeeye.

  8. Gotcha. You did make me realize that the tagline on the site could be worded better. Have a good one.

  9. Oh, but, fyi … any post is fair fame, not just ones about creationism.

  10. @anevilmeme – I liked that, too. I immediately thought of the cartoon ways of denying physical laws.

  11. The defeat of HB 1674 and SB 758 in Oklahoma this year, as well as defeats of similar bills in previous years, was due in large part to the organization of many individuals, national and state organizations by the work of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education ( OESE, http:/www.oklascience.org/ ) that serves as an ‘umbrella’ group that solicited help. Hundreds of messages to legislators included those from such organizations as AAAS, AIBS, IUP, NABT, AGU, etc., at the national level, and Oklahoma Academy of Science, Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, Interfaith Alliances, OK ACLU, skeptic groups, etc., at the state level. Most of these groups also asked their members to send messages. In addition, letters to editors in major newspapers against the measures were useful.

    To all individuals and organizations that helped, we greatly appreciate the time and effort expended! Again we showed that NUMBERS DO COUNT in the legislative process. I believe that this tremendous effort over the past 13 years has worked well, even though Oklahoma has had more creationist bills (26) than any other state during this period. This effort will have to continue in future years as the anti-science groups will keep trying to impose their unconstitutional actions on our schools.

  12. vhutchison says: “To all individuals and organizations that helped, we greatly appreciate the time and effort expended!”

    Good work, Victor! And if you should happen to run into “OO” please give him my regards.

  13. Our good friends and tireless workers at the NCSE have a nice report on the demise of the Oklahoma bill. Here’s an excerpt that I found particularly enjoyable, so much that I put the good part in bold:

    Writing in The Oklahoma Daily (March 6, 2013), Richard E. Broughton, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Oklahoma, described HB 1674 as “a ‘Trojan horse’ bill specifically crafted by an out-of-state, religious think tank to open the door for the teaching of religious or political views in school science classes. This is clearly understood by everyone familiar with the bill on both sides.

    Fellow curmudgeons, heed Doc Bill and always do two things: One, support the NCSE with a donation BIG or small because they are on the front line every day educating, educating, educating the public and our legislators on the continuing assault on science education.

    And, two, always, always write and say “intelligent design” creationism just like that because it is not only the most accurate description but it really bugs the Tooters.

    And, three, remember, Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

  14. docbill: I almost always add ‘creationist’ any time I mention ID and, like you, urge others to do the same. The DI claim that ID is not religion has been shown over and over that it is false, despite their constant claims to the contrary. It pisses them off every time they are labeled as religious!

  15. It doesn’t seem to faze them when a creationist labels them as religious.

  16. Of course, every single one of the IDiots say that evolution, atheism, global warming, ozone depletion etc. are religions. That’s OK when they say that.

    If you say ID is religious, they get huffy.

    Nowadays they even say Christianity is not a religion. They call it “a way of life” or something, so as to get around First Amendment limitations on taxpayer $$ going to religions.

    These people insist that:

    1. Christianity is not a religion

    2. “Darwinism” is a religion

    They have no basis on which to complain when we say ID is religious.

  17. What a great accomplishment! 26 bills over 13 years defeated due in no small part to Vic Hutchison’s Field Marshal skills and effort. Thanks Doc.