A month ago we reported about Oklahoma’s first creationism bill for the year — it’s a typical Academic Freedom bill that was filed by Josh Brecheen Again. One might be forgiven for thinking that a single creationism bill filed by one moronic legislator would be sufficient for a state.
For most states that would be true, but some states like to distinguish themselves. The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted this news: A second antiscience bill in Oklahoma.
Isn’t that lovely? One creationism bill isn’t enough cause for ridicule. No, Oklahoma wants to wallow in total humiliation, so now they’ve got another. This one is House Bill 1674. That’s a 4-page pdf file, and yes, it’s got a 2013 date on it. We’ll explain.
This latest bill is being introduced by two familiar creationist names — one is Gus Blackwell. His page at the legislature’s website says he got his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary, a BBA degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and an MBA degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He spent 20 years with the Oklahoma Baptist General Convention, and he is Campus Minister with Baptist Collegiate Ministries.
The other sponsor in the House is Sally Kern. She’s married to Dr. Steve Kern, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church; and she has a sociology degree from the University of Texas. We’ve written about her creationism bills several times before.
Oh, and besides having his own bill in the state Senate, Josh Brecheen is sponsoring this new bill too. It seems that if it’s stupid, Josh wants to be part of it. So this one is being presented by: (1) Gus Blackwell, a preacher; (2) Sally Kern, a preacher’s wife; and (3) Josh Brecheen, the biggest idiot in the state of Oklahoma.
Okay, dear reader, we know what you’re wondering: What’s in this new bill? Nothing good. According to NCSE, we’ve seen it before. They say:
House Bill 1674 (PDF), styled the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act, was supposed to have 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. But it is now listed as available for consideration on the House floor in the afternoon of February 18, 2014.
Yes, we remember the thing from last year. It was one of those Academic Freedom bills, based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism model act promoted by the Discovery Institute. We wrote about it here: Blackwell’s 2013 Creationism Bill, and we also included the bill’s text in that post. There’s no need to repeat ourselves.
Last year, when the bill failed to go anywhere, we wrote Oklahoma’s Second Creationism Bill Dies. Yes, it died. But as we learned in those wonderful old comic books from long ago, death isn’t always final.
Now, like some rotting horror that can be seen during a flash of lightning on a stormy night as it rises from the grave in some 1950s comic book, or one of those mindless movies on TV, Blackwell’s bill has returned from the dead to stalk the land and do its evil by devouring the brains of the living.
To track the bill’s progress you can use this link: Tracking Reports Website, but once there you need to enter HB1674 in the search box and then hit the “Retrieve” button. There hasn’t been anything to report … yet.
The Oklahoma legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 30 May. With such a fine bunch of lawmakers, wisely chosen by a thoughtful and well-educated citizenry, we expect only the best results.
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