The last time we wrote about Alabama’s House Joint Resolution 78 was Discoveroids & Alabama’s Creationist Resolution. As you recall, the resolution appears to be non-binding, but it urges state and local education authorities to promote the “academic freedom” of science teachers in the state’s public schools.
We quoted the language of the resolution, and then said the obvious — that much of its language is taken right out of 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.
We also quoted a newspaper article about an interview with the resolution’s sponsor. It said, with our bold font:
A state representative from north Alabama says his resolution on science instruction in public schools is an effort to encourage students and teachers to discuss intelligent design. “In the development of critical thinking, we need to make it welcoming at least for a student or teacher to bring up another theory,” Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, said this week.
In spite of the confessed motivation of the resolution’s crazed sponsor — which should assure the defeat of the thing if it were ever challenged in court — the Discoveroids supported the resolution. They seem desperate for any kind of success, and they probably suspect that a non-binding resolution is not only great propaganda, but they have nothing to lose. The resolution isn’t literally a law, so it may never be litigated.
Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have just posted the inevitable bad news: Antiscience resolution adopted in Alabama. They say:
The Alabama Senate voted to adopt House Joint Resolution 78 (PDF) on a voice vote on May 2, 2017, joining the Alabama House of Representatives, which voted to adopt the resolution in April 2017.
That’s confirmed by a visit to this link to the Alabama legislature, Resolution Status for HJR78 (Regular Session 2017). If you go there, you’ll have to click on “Resolutions,” and then click on “Find Status of a Resolution,” then enter HJR78 and click on “Get Status” to be informed: “Current Status: Enrolled. Delivered to Governor at 4:42 p.m. on May 2, 2017.”
So what does it mean? First, it gives the Discoveroids a kind of victory, the sort of thing that will please their generous patrons and keep the funds flowing. Also, it means that through their imbecilic legislature, the citizens of Alabama have proclaimed: “We are drooling creationists, and we urge our schools to teach our children to be drooling creationists.” There’s not much else to be said.
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