Oklahoma’s 2015 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

This is the one we wrote about here: Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2015. It was Senate Bill 665 (MS Word file), fraudulently styled the Oklahoma Science Education Act. The thing was sponsored by Josh Brecheen, a fanatical creationist who does something like this every year.

We included the bill’s text in our earlier post, and it was pretty much what Brecheen proposed last year. Essentially, it “encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues.” And it lets teachers present “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.” As you undoubtedly recognized, those phrases come from the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discovery Institute.

What happened to it? Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted: Antiscience bill dies in Oklahoma, which says:

Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 667 [sic], 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 February 26, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to pass committee expired.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It didn’t even get a hearing or a vote in the committee. (We’re assuming NCSE meant to write about SB 665, otherwise this post makes no sense at all.)

This has been a terrible year for creationist legislation — at least so far. That means it’s been a great year for science and sanity, and a wretched one for the activist creationists at the Discovery Institute who promote this madness.

Of the handful of states that have had such idiocy introduced in their legislatures this year, only Missouri hasn’t decided yet — see Missouri Creationism: New Bill for 2015. That one is still sitting in committee, where it’s had no hearing. Perhaps it’ll just die there, but we won’t know for a while yet.

Also, we’ve mentioned two states that are considering bible bills — the sort of thing we don’t usually write about. Oklahoma is one, and Mississippi Has Two Proposed Bible Bills.

Anyway, as we’ve seen in the time we’ve been blogging, creationist bills keep appearing and then dropping — like putrid drool from the foaming lips of a creation scientist. In most cases it’s not particularly contagious. Only two states have passed such legislation — Louisiana and Tennessee — and the madness they’ve legitimized hasn’t yet been tested in court. So we’re not at all pessimistic, but this nonsense does get tiresome.

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15 responses to “Oklahoma’s 2015 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead

  1. For whatever it’s worth, Mississippi’s HB386, the one “To designate the Holy Bible as the State Book Of Mississippi,” died in committee on Feb 3.

  2. SC: “(We’re assuming NCSE meant to write about SB 665, otherwise this post makes no sense at all.)”

    We could just as easily assume NCSE made a mistake and has been following the wrong bill. In other words, SB 665 may have passed out of committee without NCSE noticing. Doubtful, but somewhere along the line NCSE made an error.

  3. Thanks, aturingtest. I’ll put an addendum to that post.

  4. retiredsciguy suggests: “We could just as easily assume NCSE made a mistake and has been following the wrong bill. In other words, SB 665 may have passed out of committee without NCSE noticing.”

    No, I checked. SB 665 is still in committee, as is the bill mentioned by NCSE (SB 667). Both were sponsored by Josh Brecheen.

  5. Also, one of my clandestine operatives informs me that SB 665 is definitely dead. That’s the one I wrote about.

  6. Oklahoma bills not reported out of committees this week are all dead due to deadlines having passed. That includes Breechen’s bills mentioned and his SB650 that would have required 52 items in all U.S. History classes, including two sermons, talks by recent Republican presidents, etc. This was part of the goal of revising history courses, including bill still in progress that would do away with Advancement Placement history courses; that bill is also likely to die due to massive opposition from many sources. Breechen, an agriculture major, continues to show that he can spread manure.

  7. About the confusion over the numbering of the bill: perhaps its actual numerical designation should be 666, and people who write about it are avoiding that number the way hotels skip floor 13, going directly from 12 to 14, and for a similar reason.

  8. @Retired Prof: Interesting. Since Josh Brecheen sponsored both 665 & 667, it’s likely he also sponsored 666. Unless, as you suggest, he skipped that number. If he did sponsor a Senate Bill 666, where do we find its title and contents?

    And thanks, Curmy, for checking 665 vs. 667. Good to hear.

  9. it’s hard to believe this is 2015 and our representatives are still pushing this crap

  10. Thanks: NCSE fixed the error — it should indeed have been SB 665.

  11. Well, Glenn, you’ve caught enough of mine. Our error ratio is now about 50 to 1.

  12. In this day and age it still baffles me that there are creationists out there.

  13. Michael, that’s because creationists indoctrinate their children from the very beginning and as God is the most important thing in the universe (and beyond)… it affects every aspect of a child’s life with continual lessons on fearing God.

  14. Just a big-bang, I guess……….