The state legislatures are starting their sessions for the new year, so the madness is beginning. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted Creationism bill in Alabama. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Alabama’s House Bill 258, introduced on January 18, 2018, would, if enacted, allow teachers to present “the theory of creation as presented in the Bible” in any class discussing evolution, “thereby affording students a choice as to which theory to accept.” The bill would also ensure that creationist students would not be penalized for answering examination questions in a way reflecting their adherence to creationism, “provided the response is correct according to the instruction received.”
Here’s the full text of the bill. We added some bold font to highlight the crazy stuff:
Okay, back to NCSE. They say:
The bill is evidently modeled on a Kentucky law, Kentucky Revised Statutes 158.177 (PDF), enacted in 1976 and still on the books despite its patent unconstitutionality.
We didn’t know about that Kentucky law, but we’re not surprised. Hambo knew what he was doing when he located there. This is the rest of NCSE’s post:
The sole sponsor of House Bill 258, now with the House Committee on Education Policy, is Steve Hurst (R-District 35), a legislator noteworthy for his previous proposals to require public school teachers to read a daily prayer in the classroom and to punish sex offenders with surgical or chemical castration.
This is his page at the legislature’s website: Steve Hurst, where we are informed: “Representative Hurst is a graduate of Talladega High School. He is a businessman and is also employed with Georgia Pacific Corporation.”
Wowie — he’s a high school graduate! According to Wikipedia, Georgia-Pacific is a “pulp and paper company based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of tissue, pulp, paper, toilet and paper towel dispensers, packaging, building products and related chemicals.” We suspect he works in the toilet paper division.
The legislature’s website says their 2018 session doesn’t convene until 23 January, so Hurst’s bill has been pre-filed. For the bill’s status, go here and then click on “Find Status of a Bill,” then enter HB258 and click on that. It says: “Current Status: Pending Committee Action in House of Origin.” In other words, nothing’s happening yet.
The Discoveroids probably won’t be supporting this one, because they like to pretend that their “science” isn’t based on the bible, so Hurst’s internet supporters will all be hard-core creationists. This should be fun.
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