Real Lawmaking Is Hard and Boring, So Let's Waste Taxpayer Resources Debating Evolution

From the Department of Bill Summaries That Don't Summarize What This Bill Is Actually About:

HB195 Koenig, Andrew
Requires the State Board of Education and other public school entities to encourage students to explore scientific questions and to allow the teaching of scientific theories of biological or chemical evolution

Since when do science teachers in Missouri not have the freedom to teach science in science classes?  Since never, of course.   But Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-St. Louis County) knows that supporters who want to teach things unrelated to science in science classes will know exactly what this bill is all about. 

The National Center for Science Education reports that this year's bill is almost identical to last year's HB1651, sponsored by Rep. Robert Wayne Cooper (R-Camden), with some changes to the big wordy disclaimer explaining what the bill allegedly isn't about (but actually is).  Cooper's 2010 bill read:

This section only protects the teaching of scientific information and this section shall not be construed to promote philosophical naturalism or biblical theology, promote natural cause or intelligent cause, promote undirected change or purposeful design, promote atheistic or theistic belief, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs or ideas, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion....

And Koenig's bill now reads:

This section only protects the teaching of scientific information and this section shall not be construed to promote any religious or nonreligious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs or nonbeliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion...

Last year's bill never got anywhere.  Let's hope Koenig's bill experiences the same fate. 

 

 

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