Friday, February 27, 2004

They never rest, do they?

The Oklahoma House passed a bill Monday that would require public school textbooks that discuss evolution to include a disclaimer stating that it is a controversial theory and not fact.

...“I think so many of the textbooks make it appear that evolution is a scientific fact and it’s not,” said [Representative Bill] Graves, R-Oklahoma City. “Even the U.S. Supreme Court says it’s a theory, so I was just trying to make that clear.

“I think it’s very important for children to know,” Graves said. “If they just believe that they came from some slime in a swamp that’s a whole lot different from being created in the image of God.” ...

The bill passed on a 96-0 vote and now heads to the Senate....

--Claremore (Okla.) Daily Progress

My favorite detail:

Rep. Bill Graves successfully included the language in House Bill 2194, a measure that originally changed the format for Braille versions of instructional materials.

Yeah, that's courageous -- just sneak this nonsense onto a completely unrelated bill. For the blind.

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