And we’re done …

NCSE has just reported that the last two of the 2010 anti-evolution bills has died in committee. These were the two holdouts in South Carolina from 2009. The antievolutionists batted 0 for 4 this year.


Science education in Oklahoma … the gift that keeps on giving

See here.

Republicans use basic science funding as a political football.

Nice to see that Texans are giving us here in Arizona a run for our money. Not content with coming from a state that is rewriting history to reflect the right wing mantra of God and Guns, it now seems that a Texas congressman has killed a reauthorization of the 2007 America COMPETES Act. The reauthorization would have continued funding for science education and basic research. Ralph Hall decided to introduce an amendment regarding federal employees viewing pornography while at work, thus blocking funding by forcing Democrats to seem to be voting for pornography if they voted against Hall’s motion to recommit. And 121 Democrats folded like the cowards they are. These unfortunately included most of the AZ democratic delegation (Kirkpatrick, Pastor, Mitchell & Giffords). Only Grijalva did the right thing.

Three down …

NCSE notes that the Missouri anti-evolution bill (HB 1651) has fallen by the wayside, joining similar bills in Kentucky and Mississippi. That means all three bills presented this year have failed. Two bills, in South Carolina, remain as hold outs from last year.

Last year there were ten pieces of anti-evolution legislation (South Carolina [2], Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa, New Mexico, Florida, Alabama, Missouri & Texas), eight of which died.

Two down …

NSCE is reporting that Kentucky’s HB 397 (the “Kentucky Science Education and Intellectual Freedom Act,” see here) has died in committee.

Update: I changed the post title as I had forgotten that the Mississippi bill died in February. Thanks to James for reminding me.

Kentucky at #3


House Bill 397 would, if enacted, allow teachers to “use, as permitted by the local school board, other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner, including but not limited to the study of evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” NCSE has more.

For those counting score, this makes three bills this year (and two – from South Carolina – that are active from last).