You have all been eagerly following the progress of an insane creationism bill in the Arkansas state legislature. Our last post about it was Arkansas Creationism Bill: A Giant Leap Forward. That was two weeks ago, when the bill was passed by an incredible vote of 77% of the state’s House of Representatives, and sent on to the state’s Senate.
We were expecting additional bad news, but we were delighted this morning to learn that our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) had just posted Creationism bill narrowly defeated in Arkansas, written by Glenn Branch, their Deputy Director. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Arkansas’s House Bill 1701 (PDF), sponsored by Mary Bentley (R-District 73), was narrowly defeated, on a 3-3 vote, in the Senate Education Committee on April 21, 2021. If enacted, the bill would have allowed teachers in the state’s public and open-enrollment charter schools to “teach creationism as a theory of how the earth came to exist.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The committee vote was 3-3. That means half of the Senate’s Education Committee members were in favor of teaching creationism. Arkansas is amazing!
NCSE’s article ends with this:
“Arkansas just dodged a bullet,” NCSE’s Executive Director Ann Reid commented. “The passage of House Bill 1701 would have not only put the scientific literacy of Arkansas’s students in jeopardy but also subjected the state to national derision … .
We respectfully disagree. Arkansas has not avoided national derision. The fact that Mary Bentley’s crazy bill got as far as it did will guarantee raucous laughter for years to come. And it will be well deserved.
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