Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted Antievolution legislation in Oklahoma. That’s not surprising. We can always count on the Oklahoma legislature to provide us with entertainment. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Senate Bill 393 (PDF), styled the Oklahoma Science Education Act, is the latest antievolution bill in the Sooner State. SB 393 would, if enacted, in effect encourage science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased — proponents of creationism and climate change denial are the usual intended beneficiaries of such bills — and discourage responsible educational authorities from intervening. No scientific topics are specifically identified as controversial, but the fact that the sole sponsor of SB 393 is Josh Brecheen (R-District 6), who introduced similar legislation that directly targeted evolution in previous legislative sessions, is suggestive.
Josh Brecheen? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s a link to his official page at the Senate’s website, where we got the impressive photo above this post. He sponsors creationist legislation every year. Back in December of 2010 we wrote Oklahoma’s Senator Josh Brecheen: Totally Crazed. When we first started writing about Brecheen, his occupation was tractor salesman. Now he’s a motivational speaker and he “spends his spare time raising and training Quarter Horses.” The horses must provide him with material for his speaking and legislative activity.
NCSE provides this link to Brecheen’s new bill: Senate Bill 393. It’s essentially the same bill he promoted last year and the year before, and the year before that. We posted its text in Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2015.
The thing is loosely based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discovery Institute. We’ve critiqued their model bill here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
NCSE’s post provides a history of Brecheen’s creationist legislative activity. His bills have all failed, but he keeps on trying. You gotta give him credit for persistence.
You can follow the progress of Brecheen’s new bill here: Bill Information for SB 393 It looks like he pre-filed it. The legislative session doesn’t start until 06 February, and it adjourns on 26 May. We assume this bill will suffer the same fate as his earlier efforts, but one never knows. We’ll be watching.
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