Missouri’s Two 2013 Creationism Bills — Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

As we’ve previously reported, there were two creationist 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.

Nothing happened with Koenig’s bill after it was referred to the House Rules Committee. Brattin’s bill had been referred to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, and it too was just sitting there, going nowhere.

The Missouri legislative session was scheduled to adjourn on 30 May, but it now seems that they shut down a week early. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted this news: Antievolution bills die in Missouri. They say:

Two antievolution bills died in committee in the Missouri House of Representatives on May 17, 2013, when the legislature adjourned.

After describing the failed bills, NCSE closes with this happy note:

In all, eight antievolution bills were introduced in six states (Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma) in 2013; none won passage.

But there’s still Stan Bingham’s North Carolina Bible Class Bill. We see it as being little different from a flat-out bill to promote creationism. It has an Ark-load of co-sponsors. Back in February it was referred to Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. There have been no hearings or votes, and nothing’s scheduled — not yet. The legislative session is scheduled to adjourn in “early July.”

The only bad news has been in Louisiana, where the legislature refused to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. And that state is still considering Another Weird Creationism Bill, sponsored by Frank A. Hoffmann, which would allow local school boards to select any science books they want, instead of the current system of state-selected texts. It already passed in the state House, and now it’s up to the Senate, where it’s currently in the Committee on Education. The Louisiana legislature won’t adjourn until 06 June.

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9 responses to “Missouri’s Two 2013 Creationism Bills — Dead

  1. Lynn Wilhelm

    We have lots of craziness occurring in our NC legislature. It’s driving many of us insane.

    By the way, have you been in the vicinity of any of the tornadic weather? I seem to recall you are out that way. Take care if you are. Very bad news out of Oklahoma.

  2. Lynn Wilhelm asks: “By the way, have you been in the vicinity of any of the tornadic weather?”

    I’m nowhere near there, but thanks for asking. It’s bad news indeed.

  3. We are only eight miles from where the MASSIVE tornado hit Moore, OK. AN EF 5 with winds of 300+ mph, many deaths and property destruction. Thus, we have not only have to deal with creationist legislation!

  4. I wonder if any believers will be tasteless enough to claim that the tornados are divine punishment because Oklahoma did not pass the creationist bills.

  5. vhutchison says: “We are only eight miles from where the MASSIVE tornado hit Moore, OK.”

    Good to hear you’re still with us.

  6. H.K. Fauskanger says: “I wonder if any believers will be tasteless enough to claim that the tornados are divine punishment because Oklahoma did not pass the creationist bills.”

    Some will say that, and others will attribute it to some other sinful cause. It always happens. And there are certain to be survivors who say “God was looking out for me,” thus implying that they are better than the dead who were smitten because of God’s wrath.

  7. There is a long history of people thinking that they are, individually, the object of special concern of the gods. Consider how a comet was thought of an omen of misfortune: “I see a comet, therefore I’m going to lose this battle.” But, of course, my enemy also sees the same comet. “If I play my lucky number, I’m going to win the lottery.” What if someone else plays my lucky number?

  8. Fauskanger:

    Already happened. See the comments by “Alatinteacher” and ”
    “JACOBEO500” at this LA Times Story.

    For example, here’s “JACOBEO500”:

    America, STOP offending our GOD! You do not realize that the GOD that controls the weather is the same GOD that America offends with the killing of 1,200,000 unborn children every year, With the birth control pill, with homosexual lust and with America’s rampant drug abuse????

    America please make this connection and stop offending our CREATOR!

    Alatinteacher, who’s been haunting the LA Times tornado stories all day:

    My God, why have you forsaken us? Why are you “allowing” so much suffering? Yes I know heavenly father, we allow the “butchering of unborn children”, and yes we “want” to legalize homosexual & lesbian marriages, oh! I forgot we got rid of prayer and “Christian-related” activities in school because the public school are in a “much better” situation. Oh, but we still haven’t removed God from the pledge and we still have “In God we Trust” on our currency. We dear father, just give us more time and the liberals in California and the rest of the U.S will complete that task. Oh how nice it is to have God taken away from this country.

  9. @Diogenes: “Alatinteacher” and “JACOBEO500″ have seriously flawed logic — if it truly were “God’s wrath” making the tornados happen, why the hell is he picking on Oklahoma?? It’s probably the most Christian, (self)righteous state in the union. Now, if a huge tornado outbreak occurred in California, say, or Oregon, I’d start to worry.

    And not to change the subject, but shouldn’t that town be referred to as “Moore, NOT OK”? Imagine the odds of two EF-5 tornados following essentially the exact same path just 14 years apart. Especially since only 1% of all tornados in the US are that strong! Gabriel Hanna, we need you to determine the odds here.