A drooling, feeble-minded, creationist legislator has introduced an idiotic bill into the Maine legislature. We learned about it from our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), who just posted this news item: A new “controversial issues” bill in Maine, written by Glenn Branch, NCSE’s Deputy Director. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A bill in the Maine legislature would ban public school teachers from practicing “indoctrination” — and contains a provision that could adversely affect science education. House Paper 395 (PDF), introduced in the Maine House of Representatives on February 22, 2021, and referred to the House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, would, if enacted, require the state board of education to adopt rules to prevent public school teachers in the state from engaging in what it describes as “political, ideological[,] or religious advocacy.”
Where have we seen legislation like that before? Ah yes, a few states have considered such bills before. There was even one in Maine that didn’t go anywhere. We wrote about it two years ago — see Creationist Bill in Maine for 2019, followed by Creationist Bill in Maine for 2019 — It’s Dead. Okay, returning to NCSE, they say:
The rules would in particular require teachers to “provide students with materials supporting both sides of a controversial issue being addressed and to present both sides in a fair-minded, nonpartisan manner,” where “a controversial issue” is defined as “a point made in an electoral party platform at the local, state[,] or federal level.”
Teachers would be required to present both sides? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There are two sides to virtually everything, so if this crazy bill becomes law, the classrooms in Mane will be very interesting places. The law would require teaching not only creationism, but also flat Earth, racism, astrology, etc. Oh, wait — for the law to apply, the “controversial issue” must be a point made in a political party platform. No problem — there are loads of crazy politicians. NCSE says:
As Ars Technica (January 29, 2019) observed in discussing a spate of similar measures in 2019, “a large number of state party platforms specifically mention evolution and climate change.”
This wondrous piece of legislation is the handiwork of Representative CARMICHAEL of Greenbush, who is listed as sponsor. His bio page at the legislature’s website doesn’t tell us anything about him, except that his full name is Meldon H. Carmichael. We never knew a Meldon before. Hey — he’s not the only imbecile in the Maine legislature. Listed as co-sponsors are representatives DOLLOFF of Milton Township, DUCHARME of Madison, GRIFFIN of Levant, MASON of Lisbon, and POIRIER of Skowhegan. Idiots all!
The Maine legislature convened on 02 December 2020, and is scheduled to adjourn on 16 June 2021. There’s plenty of time for something crazy to happen, so stay tuned to this blog!
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