The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reports: Antievolution legislation in Missouri. They say:
Missouri’s House Bill 486 (PDF), introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 13, 2015, would confer “academic freedom to teach scientific evidence regarding evolution” to teachers. If enacted, the bill would in effect encourage science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased, and discourage responsible educational authorities from intervening. The bill specifically cites “the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution” as controversial.
NCSE’s link is to the text of the bill. Here’s a link to the bill’s status and history. It’s no surprise that the bill’s sponsor is Representative Andrew Koenig, a Republican. The biographical information at that page says: “Rep. Koenig is the owner of a paint company. In addition, he has been licensed to sell health and life insurance since 2006.” Hey, we’re also told that he has “three children, Jeremiah, Isaac and Gideon.”
Koenig in incurable; he does something like this every year. For his creationist activity last year, see Missouri Creationism: A Second Bill for 2014. In fact, the wording of Koenig’s new bill is virtually identical to his bill last year. We included the text of that bill in our post for last year, so there’s no need to repeat it here. Further, Koenig introduced the same thing back in 2013.
It’s standard creationist stuff; we’ve seen it in Missouri and other states a few dozen times before — see the Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
This year’s bill was introduced on 13 January, so nothing has happened yet. The Missouri legislature isn’t scheduled to adjourn until 30 May. As they say, no one’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
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