We just learned from our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) that “Intelligent design” legislation in Texas dies. They say:
Texas’s House Bill 285 died in the House Committee on Higher Education on May 6, 2013, when the deadline for House committees to pass House bills expired.
We last wrote about that bill here: Texas Creationism: Zedler’s HB 285 Stalled. All the background information is there, but we’ll remind you that House Bill 285 (which is the same thing Zedler introduced unsuccessfully in 2011), would, if enacted, add a provision to the state’s education code providing:
An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.
Yes, dear reader, you’re right. The bill is crazy — utterly, totally, full-blown crazy. That’s to be expected, because it’s the work of Bill Zedler. In More about Bill Zedler, we described his bill to license exotic dancers and other workers in any “sexually oriented business”, including adult video stores and strip clubs. The man is obsessed with creationism and sexual issues. Oh, don’t forget his recently failed anti-LGBT bill (see Texas’ Bill Zedler: Pro Creationism, Anti LGBT).
If something is stupid, he’s for it; but if something is fun, he’s against it. While we’re ranting, we’ll remind you of this from two years ago: Is Bill Zedler the Dumbest Man in Texas? — a question that really answers itself. Okay, that’s enough about Zedler. NCSE also says:
HB 285 was scheduled for a committee hearing on April 17, 2013. In advance of the hearing, nineteen faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin wrote to the committee to express their opposition …
You can read their letter here. It’s good. Here’s an excerpt to encourage you to read it all:
While we strongly support academic freedom and protections for valid scientific research, we don’t think colleges and universities should be required to look the other way when faculty and students distort mainstream science.
That should get a response out of the Discoveroids. They hate it when those pesky “Darwinists” tell the truth.
So that’s the news. The only remaining creationist legislation, as we reported in our 01 April 2013 Update (yes, April Fool’s Day) are two bills in Missouri. Those are Andrew Koenig’s HB 179 (a typical “academic freedom” bill), and Rick Brattin’s totally crazed House Bill 291. Both are just sitting in committee, doing nothing. The legislature adjourns on 30 May.
In North Carolina there’s also Stan Bingham’s Bible Class Bill. That one is also just sitting in a committee, going nowhere, but the legislature won’t adjourn until early July.
It’s been a bad legislative year for the creationists. All they’ve managed to do is preserve their 2008 law in Louisiana with the help of the legislature’s Voodoo faction — see Victory for Creationism and Voodoo. We’re not too upset about that. It’s hard to deny that Louisiana is determined to be known as an intellectual sinkhole, so let ’em be happy.
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