Republican Control Of State Legislatures Brings Record Number of Creationism Bills:
The National Center for Science Education has tracked a record-setting number of nine anti-evolution bills introduced in state legislatures since Jan. 1.
The latest is Texas’ HB 2454, which would prohibit an institution of higher learning from “discrimination related to research related into intelligent design.”
“PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RESEARCH RELATED TO INTELLIGENT DESIGN. An institution of high 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.”
I was all set to be outraged about this, but I’m torn. It’s unfortunate that intelligent design and creationism have become synonymous, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that there’s a spiritual component to life and consciousness. It’s hardly a stretch to say there’s a prejudice against, “alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.”
So the real problem with the Republican measures is not that they’re pro intelligent design, but they’re anti-existing science. And their brand of stupidity bleeds over into the potential of other paranormal research – like UFO cultists make the UFO issue look dubious. But then, the wording of the bill above is designed to get people like me on board, who wants nothing to do with creationism.