HB-179 is proposing an addition to RSMo 170.335. 1 (http://on.mo.gov/WJvDxm) stating that it “…encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues, including biological and chemical evolution…”
Though the proposed Bill does not specifically mention Creationism or Intelligent Design, it is understood that its purpose is to introduce these Biblically based philosophical and religious teachings into the science classroom.
Though the proposed Bill states that “Scientific information includes physical evidence and logical inferences based upon evidence,” it appears to exclude scientific theory and research, testing and verification for inferring without such repeatable experimentation.
Though the proposed Bill states that, “3. This section only protects the teaching of scientific information and this section shall not be construed to promote any religious or nonreligious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs or nonbeliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.” The purpose is in fact to promote and introduce religious doctrine into the biology and chemistry public K-12 biology, chemistry and natural science classrooms.
This Bill is supported by the Religious-Right and proponents of Creationism and I.D. It must be stopped in its tracks!
I encourage, plead, that you and members of your secular organizations to take the time Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, to join me and others in formal opposition to HB-179 and asking the committee to deny submitting the Bill to the full House for a vote.
Please pass this on.