There were two creationist bills that were being considered in the current session of the Oklahoma legislature. We previously posted about the demise of the first one here: Oklahoma’s 1st 2014 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead.
But their second bill was moving along, as we reported a month ago — see Oklahoma’s 2nd Creationism Bill Passes House. That one is House Bill 1674. It was introduced by two familiar creationist names — Gus Blackwell (a preacher) and Sally Kern, a sociology major who is married to a preacher. It’s one of those Academic Freedom bills, based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism model act promoted by the Discovery Institute.
We were worried about this second bill because it passed the House by a 93% vote, and it was being sponsored in the Senate by Josh Brecheen – District 6, a flaming creationist. However, Victor Hutchison and the Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education have been tirelessly opposing the bill.
Today we have good news. The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted Two down in Oklahoma. They say:
Oklahoma’s House Bill 1674 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about “scientific controversies,” died in the Senate Education Committee on April 3, 2014, when a deadline for House bills to be passed by their Senate committees expired.
It wasn’t voted down; it just died from inactivity. That’s okay. Any death for a creationist bill is a good death.
This must be a bitter defeat for Gus Blackwell, Sally Kern, Josh Brecheen, and all the other creationists in the Oklahoma legislature. But they’ve got their rapture points recorded in the celestial book where such deeds are noted, and if they’re still in the legislature next year, they’ll be doing the same thing again.
A creationist politician usually falls into one of three categories: (1) he does what he does because he fears the Lake of Fire; (2) he’s a hopeless imbecile; or (3) he has no beliefs, but he would cheerfully support creationism, sell his mother, or do anything else to win an election. Some are in more than one category. It doesn’t matter why a particular politician supports creationist legislation. There’s no way to reason with them. They must be opposed by all lawful means.
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