We’ve been writing about some creationist legislation in the Oklahoma legislature — most recently Senate Passes Oklahoma’s 2017 Creationism Bill.
The bill is Senate Bill 393, sponsored by Josh Brecheen, which he has also sponsored in prior years. 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.
A quick look at this link where one can follow the bill’s progress, Bill Information for SB 393, tells us that having passed in the Senate, it’s now sitting in the House Education committee.
The news today is an article in The Oklahoman, of Oklahoma City, the state capital. This is their headline: Oklahoma lawmaker: Science bill promotes healthy skepticism in the classroom. The newspaper has a comments feature.
It was written by Senator Rob Standridge (that’s his page at the legislature’s website). It says he’s a pharmacist, with a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma. We’re also told that he “taught himself how to write computer programs and created a software program called ‘Compound Assist’. Since his original program, he has written several software programs including a complete pharmacy management system which is used throughout the country.”
Here are some excerpts from the pharmacist’s article, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Senate Bill 393 is known as the “Oklahoma Science Education Act,” but I prefer to call it “The Scientist and Skeptic Protection Act.”
In case you haven’t already guessed it, Standridge is a flaming creationist. He says:
As a man of science on numerous levels, from medical science to engineering and computer science, I have always been a healthy skeptic.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The creationist pharmacist describes himself as “a man of science on numerous levels.” After that he tells us:
The goal of SB 393 is simply to allow Oklahoma’s science teachers to freely discuss criticisms and alternative ideas to scientific theories; be critical thinkers. A scientist is not much of a scientist without critical thinking. Yet some educators insist everyone must embrace a scientific theory simply because it is widely accepted within the scientific community.
He doesn’t specifically say so, but of course he’s talking about evolution. The creationist pharmacist continues:
Furthermore, any science teachers who disagree, or even consider introducing opposing theories, need to keep their mouths shut. That type of education policy is a disservice to every student in Oklahoma.
Yes, the teachers must be free to explain the wonders of Oogity Boogity! Let’s read on:
This education model [the existing law that bans creationism] would not have allowed Galileo to speak of Heliocentrism nor would it have allowed academics of his era to suggest the Earth was actually round.
Standridge considers a creationist to be modern-day Galileo. He goes on to invoke the name of Einstein. It’s too painful even to excerpt such nonsense. We’re getting to the end now:
Educators who give their students both sides of every scientific position deserve our praise and our support. Science teachers should compel their students to think critically while challenging them to think outside the accepted box.
Vomiting yet? If not, you will soon. This is the end of it:
It is those people in science, the students who think outside the realm of what is expected, who will become the next Einstein, Edison, Marconi or Tesla. They are the ones who will succeed and improve our world despite political correctness telling them they can’t.
The people of Oklahoma should be embarrassed to have someone like that in the legislature. Unfortunately, he’s not alone. Will the Discoveroid bill become law? Anything is possible in Oklahoma. Stay tuned to this blog!
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