Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2017

Josh Brecheen

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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6 responses to “Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2017

  1. “His bills have all failed, but he keeps on trying.”

    In other words, he keeps trying to be a failure, even after he has mastered the technique.

  2. OK, the waiting is now over, and the seeing commences.

    From The Donald’s Inaugural “We Got Trouble Right Here in River City” Speech, that poor ole 3rd World USA is suffering, inter alia, from:

    –an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge–

    That’s not a dog-whistle, that’s a clarion call to the Alt-Luddities and the Breitbartbarians to unleash their dogs of War on Learning.

    Creationists of America, you have nothing to lose but your chains!

  3. I have faith that The Great Hand of Correction, to whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, will know what I meant!

    [*Voice from above*] Your words are repaired, but your brain will require additional time.

  4. Wait until Trump has repacked the Supreme Court. I think we’ll see loads of these measures going through.then, wut the blessing of Betsy deVos, an elder of Mars Hill Bible Church, whose theology is described here: https://marshill.org/about-us/about/narrative-theology/

    Curmudgeon, you’re going to be busy

  5. Paul Braterman predicts:

    Curmudgeon, you’re going to be busy

    Indeed he will!

    My only fear is that explaining how massive Federal spending on infrastructure projects is consistent with “small government”, or how legislation to erect protectionist trade barriers is a form of “free enterprise”, would themselves be full-time jobs leaving scant time for monitoring the resurgent Creationists… 🙂

  6. As far as creationist schools go. Someone has to work the counter at McDonalds. Taco Bell etc. Someone has to hold the Stop/Slow signs during road work. Heck someone has to do the road work. Perfect candidates come out of the creationists schools. Oh, right, robots are coming to replace those workers. Hmmm. Oh well.