Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2019 — It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

This year’s legislative season isn’t going well for creationists. Their bills keep getting rejected. The latest one was the first of this year’s crop to be introduced. The drooling legislator was so eager to get it going that he pre-filed it even before the calendar year began — see Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2019.

Today our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) posted this news item: Antiscience legislation in Oklahoma defeated. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 14, which would have empowered science denial in the classroom, failed on a 6-9 vote to win the recommendation of the House Committee on Education on February 12, 2019.

That’s the one we wrote about back in December. It was a typical pile of creationist junk 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.

The original sponsor of the bill was David Bullard, described at the legislature’s website like this:

David Bullard graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education and earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Lamar University. He spent the last 15 years teaching the foundations of this great nation; from the faith and grit of our forefathers, to the sacrifices endured by many to secure our freedoms. David taught Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement Government, and the Constitution. David married his wife Amber in 2002, and she currently serves as a principal of a local public high school. David and his family live in Durant, where their two children attend local public schools. David is a deacon at his church, and serves on the executive board of Patriots Ministries.

Then it picked up another sponsor — Tom Gann. His info page at the legislature’s website doesn’t tell us anything, but his campaign website says he used to have a store that sold gas and groceries to the local community. Now he’s trying to sell creationism.

There’s not much else in NCSE’s news item, so that’s the news from Oklahoma, where everything is OK — at least for now.

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3 responses to “Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2019 — It’s Dead

  1. One wonders how Bullard deals with controversial topics in history, government and the US Constitution?

  2. David Bullard graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education and earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Lamar University. He spent the last 15 years teaching the foundations of this great nation; from the faith and grit of our forefathers, to the sacrifices endured by many to secure our freedoms. David taught Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement Government, and the Constitution. David married his wife Amber in 2002, and she currently serves as a principal of a local public high school. David and his family live in Durant, where their two children attend local public schools. David is a deacon at his church, and serves on the executive board of Patriots Ministries.

    So how does any of this qualify Bullard (or his wife) to weigh in on the validity of evolution, or of any other scientific idea?