This looks like it’s going to be an active year for creationist legislation. The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reports: Antievolution legislation in Missouri.
It’s House Bill 1472, which we find refreshing in its candor. It would forthrightly amend existing law “by adding thereto one new section relating to the teaching of the theory of evolution by natural selection.” There’s not much to it, at least regarding the number of words. It says, with our bold font:
Isn’t that sweet? Missouri parents will be able protect their children from even hearing about evolution. Opt-out provisions are typically available regarding sex education courses in state-run schools, but this is the first time we’ve seen the concept applied to evolution.
The bill is sponsored by a pair of familiar names: Rick Brattin, a high school graduate who operates Brattin Drywall Company, and Andy Koenig, who owns a paint company and who has a license to sell health and life insurance.
You can track the bill’s progress here. The bill was introduced yesterday, so nothing has happened yet — but there’s plenty of time. The Missouri legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until 30 May.
Last year Koenig’s bill (of which Brattin was a co-sponsor) was a typical “academic freedom” job — see Missouri Creationism: New Bill for 2013. He tried the same thing the year before.
Brattin’s bill last year (of which Koenig was a co-sponsor) was an “equal time” job — it would have required “the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design.” See Missouri Creationism: Another Bill for 2013. That sort of thing was declared unconstitutional back in 1987 in Edwards v. Aguillard. And yes, Brattin had attempted the same thing a year earlier.
We must point out that this year’s bill is also an “equal treatment” law, but it’s a novelty in treating the theory of evolution as if it were equally as offensive to squeamish parents as sex education. We congratulate the legislators for their originality. Joining their anti-science mentality with prevalent anti-sex attitudes is an interesting idea. We’re dazzled at the thought of a political movement that combines the chastity of a monastic order and the ignorance of the Luddites. We can’t think of a good analogy.
Other than that, there’s not much else to say. Missouri’s Dynamic Duo are in action once more. Let’s hope their new bill will die in committee, as both of their bills did last year. It won’t matter. If they’re still in the legislature next year, they’ll be at it again. People like that never outgrow their idiocy.
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