“Disingenuous efforts by creationists to portray themselves as persecuted in mainstream academia for their anti-evolution beliefs are getting a boost from a Texas lawmaker,” reported the Texas Freedom Network in a March 9, 2011, post on its blog. House Bill 2454, introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on March 8, 2011, would, if enacted, provide, “An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.” The sole sponsor of HB 2454 is Bill Zedler (R-District 96).

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  1. I think losing argument is intolerable in the culture that is known as “Scientific Community’ in general.In my view orthodoxies get challenged very rarely in Science and Religion and when it does ,as archived in formation suggest it calls for confrontational undertaking on both side of the argument that in turn give rise to completely new set of arguments in science and epistemology.This debate over “Intelligent Design” does seem to have that possibility.And I would rather wait on the sideline to see how the story unfolds and decide later.Thanks.Muhammad Khan’92,HSPH,Harvard University

  2. #2 Naked Bunny with a Whip
    March 10, 2011

    Wow, actual legislative support for Pastafarianism. Surely official recognition of International Talk Like a Pirate Day can’t be far behind.

  3. #3 Lorax
    March 10, 2011

    In the same vein, I believe Mr. MZ Khan might have cheated while at Harvard and thus not legitimately earned a degree there. I realize Mr. Khan’s hypothesis is that he did not cheat but worked hard. However, I think there may be some validity to the concerns though and we should continue the debate into how much Mr Khan cheated. I look forward to watching on the sidelines while Mr. Khan spends an inordinate amount of time defending himself against accusations and assertions that will never go away and then maybe we can make a decision about his scholastic dishonesty.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    March 10, 2011

    I think Mr. Kahn has six arms, two regular ones and two tiny ones he hides in the folds of his stomach. In fact, I’m sure of it.