NCSE is reporting that the first anti-evolution bill of 2009 will be from Oklahoma.
Senate Bill 320 (document), prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate and scheduled for a first reading on February 2, 2009, is apparently the first antievolution bill of 2009. Entitled the "Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act," SB 320 would, if enacted, require state and local educational authorities to "assist teachers to find more effective ways to present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies" and permit teachers to "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories pertinent to the course being taught." The only topics specifically mentioned as controversial are "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning."
Where have we seen that wording before, I wonder? Oh yeah, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. And the DI was behind every attempt.
See also the Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education who I am sure would welcome some support in defeating this bill.
February sees me in Oklahoma for a week, teaching a seminar on Darwin and giving a public lecture on Darwin’s birthday.