Creationism legislation–Oklahoma update 2

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An antievolution Republican Oklahoma legislator has introduced another anti-science bill in Oklahoma House of Representatives.  The bill, if passed by both houses and signed by the governor, encourages teachers to teach the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution” and “global warming”.  This is actually a slight modification to an original bill that was rejected by the House Education Committee last month, but the full house can ignore that vote and vote on it as a whole.

[pullquote]Promoting the notion that there is some scientific controversy is just plain dishonest … Evolution as a process is supported by an enormous and continually growing body of evidence. Evolutionary theory has advanced substantially since Darwin’s time and, despite 150 years of direct research, no evidence in conflict with evolution has ever been found.[/pullquote]

To quote the most anti-science parts of the bill:

❝The Legislature further finds that the teaching of some scientific subjects, such as biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning, can cause controversy, and that some teachers may be unsure of the expectations concerning how they should present information on such subjects; the Legislature further finds that the teaching of some scientific concepts including but not limited to premises in the areas of biology, chemistry, meteorology, bioethics and physics can cause controversy, and that some teachers may be unsure of the expectations concerning how they should present information on some subjects such as, but not limited to, biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.❞

Let’s make this clear.  THERE IS NO CONTROVERSY IN EVOLUTION, ORIGINS OF LIFE OR GLOBAL WARMING AMONGST SCIENTISTS.  There is a political battle, but it is not based on science.  Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education argued, “Promoting the notion that there is some scientific controversy is just plain dishonest … Evolution as a process is supported by an enormous and continually growing body of evidence. Evolutionary theory has advanced substantially since Darwin’s time and, despite 150 years of direct research, no evidence in conflict with evolution has ever been found.”

via A second Oklahoma bill attacks evolution and climate change | NCSE.


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