Arizona Republicans Proposing "Academic Freedom" (a.k.a. Anti-Evolution) Bill

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Here, in the year 2013, lawmakers would like teachers to be allowed to address "weaknesses of existing scientific theories."

The language sounds fairly innocuous on its face, until you discover that the language in the proposal -- from a handful of Arizona's Republican lawmakers -- matches that of "Academic Freedom" bills, which let a little less science, and a little more Jesus, into the classroom.

Part of the bill says that it's trying to get school districts and schools to "assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies."

"Teachers shall be allowed to help pupils understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught," the bill says.

Those "controversies" are addressed several paragraphs later.

"The teaching of some scientific subjects, including biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning, can cause controversy," according to the language in Senate Bill 1213.

This language is extremely similar to the pro-creationism Discovery Institute's proposals, dubbed the "Monkey Bill" last year in Tennessee.

Indeed, the anti-creationist National Center for Science Education has caught on to Arizona's -- and other states' -- proposals for this very type of law.

You can see its alert on "Antiscience legislation in Arizona" here.

The bill's sponsors, Republican Senators Chester Crandell and Judy Burges, did not immediately respond to New Times' request for an explanation.

The bill's text can be found here.

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doodlebugger
doodlebugger

I think its really important that the GOP legislators and their supporters write down their ideas that might challenge evolution scintifically as it is the most heavily documented theory in scince, and overturning it will invalidate many of the other scinces, especially geology,paleontology,physics, astronomy, radiometric age dating and nuclear physics.

  AFTER THEY'VE WRITTEN DOWN THEIR IDEAS ABOUT OVERTURNING EVOLUTION OR PROVIDING CREDIBLE INFORMATION WORTHY OF DISCUSSION IN A SCINCE CLASS, tHEY SHOULD SEND IT TO A PEER REVIEWED SCINCE JOURNAL FOR PUBLICATION SO THEY CAN GET THEIR NOBEL PRIZE. .......The Dimwits

:) Will

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Maybe Brewer can have a budget that gives cash rewards for teaching the "controversy" with evolution and global warming. A extra $500 per pupil if you teacher "intelligent design". Maybe an extra $500 per pupil if you teach global warming is a hoax. Maybe an extra $1000 if you teach the Arizona Republican party is a band of raving lunatics.

oscaroscaroscar
oscaroscaroscar

More crazy assed AZ talibornagain nitwits.  If you want to teach your stupid fables and 6000 year old earth and Adam and Eve and all that garbage, DO IT IN YOUR PHONY RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS, don't pollute the public schools with this moronic bilge passing as science.

gerry_c
gerry_c

So we go from academically poor and add confusion to the mixture.


Brilliant!

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Does that mean that a teacher might question under the protection of law the idiocy of so-called "creation science" if this bill were to pass?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Crandell was the author of the rediculous ballot initiative that was on the ballot last year that tried to declare state sovereignty over all federal lands in the state of Arizona.  Crazy is as crazy does.

trankmonk
trankmonk

Now there is a dude that knows what time it is, wow.


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sliperymike
sliperymike

can you imagine grade school for poor gallilao in these times?

the catholics wanted him dead,for sugesting that the earth revolved around the sun!

sliperymike
sliperymike

like Roger the alien  'I like the crazy in my bread"

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Will the Legislature next propose a new AZ Theme park (paid for by the taxpayers) that will include "ride the dinosaurs just like your grand parents did!" ride?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The AZ GOP Legislature proves there is no evolution.  Their minds are stuck in the 1800's.

drgonzo
drgonzo

the sun is a liberal conspiracy.  It is the lit fart of jesus10 miles up that lights up the daytime, not some ball of fusion 93 million miles away..  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Repuglykkkans = Born Again Retards

papahutch2000
papahutch2000

Do I smell the smell of ALEC?  And do you really want to trust a guy named 'Chester'?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Here we go again...religious wingnuts trying to pull Arizona back to 1850.  Maybe they can include as a "controversy" whether our planet is really round (because we all know the bible says its flat) and pull Arizona back to 1500.  Wouldn't that be awesome?!?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

If you want creationism taught to your kids, send them to a "Christian Academy." That kind of unscientific claptrap and everything about Jeebus do not belong in public schools.

bobunf
bobunf

@sliperymike You are giving the 17th century Catholic Church a bad rap.  Don't compare them to the 21st century Arizona legislature.

papahutch2000
papahutch2000

Looked him up.  I knew it already.  He's one of 'them'.  Look up what he believes in:  his own planet with all the wives and children he can gather here, to be with his god who is flesh and blood and lives on his own planet, Kolob.  Talk about some star trekking. That's just scraping the surface.  And I revere, revere, much of the people and the scripture I know.  But crazy is crazy.  Teach it to your own kids; leave the rest of us out of it.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 Any private school that teaches the complete nonsense of creationisn should:

1) explain why the flu "evolves" every year, and a new flu shot is needed

2) NOT be eligible for "donations" being a tax credit for the fools that donate to them

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

@WhoKnows @eric.nelson745 . The problem is they want to take your school district's money and give it to their "Christian academies", or to Craig Barrett's cherry picked charter schools.

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