You know about the creationist bills we discussed a few days ago in Two Oklahoma Creationism Bills for 2016. They’re typical anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism bills, modeled on the Discovery Institute’s Academic Freedom bill, which we critiqued in Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
As expected, the Discoveroids are defending the Oklahoma lunacy. Their post is Oklahoma’s Academic Freedom Legislation Authorizes Teaching Scientific Criticisms, Not Creationism. It’s by Sarah Chaffee, the new Discoveroid staffer who is neither a biologist nor a lawyer. We’ve been calling her “Savvy Sarah.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us.
With the recent filing of academic freedom bills in Oklahoma, misinformation about what these bills actually protect is springing up in the media and from Darwin lobbyists — as it has many times before.
Yeah, we’re the lobbyists, but they’re promoting legislation. Ah well, then she quotes from some critics of the Oklahoma bills and says:
First, the bills only authorize teachers to present scientific information regarding controversial theories.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Like the “theory” of intelligent design. That’s loaded with science. Let’s read on:
Second, Oklahoma’s bills would not authorize the teaching of creationism or other religious beliefs. Both the Senate and House bills note that they only protect “the teaching of scientific information and shall not be construed to promote any religious or nonreligious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs or nonbeliefs or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! “Shall not be construed” indeed. As we’ve said a few times before, that ridiculous “Hey, Judge: Here’s how to construe this law” section of such bills is comparable to a suicide-bomber’s explosive-laden vest being sewn with a tag saying: “Attention Bomb Squad Coroner: The deceased wearer of this garment should not be construed to be a suicide bomber.” Savvy Sarah continues:
As Casey Luskin has pointed out, “[I]f you’re teaching religion, then you’re not protected by an academic freedom bill. Since creationism has been ruled a religious belief by the Supreme Court, teachers who teach it would not be protected.” Clearly, Oklahoma’s legislation does not authorize teaching creationism.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Casey’s gone, but not forgotten. In the strange world of the Discoveroids, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District never happened! The only reason the “theory” of intelligent design was concocted was to get around Supreme Court decisions like Edwards v. Aguillard, by attempting to disguise creationism as science — see Intelligent Design, the Great Incongruity. Here’s one last excerpt from the end:
[The two Oklahoma bills], if enacted, would provide protections for teachers to engage in scientific inquiry on the subject of evolution, and thus contribute to better science education in Oklahoma.
Well, if the Discoveroids don’t defend the madness in Oklahoma, who will?
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