Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Fight Against Climate Deniers and Junk Science

The National Center for Science Education
 Senate Bill 1742 (document), prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate, is apparently the sixth antievolution bill of 2012, following on the heels of two bills in New Hampshire, two bills in Missouri, and one bill in Indiana.
In Indiana on January 31, 2011 the senate passed bill 89 that:
"The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."
Republicans are supposed big fans of the constitution, until it interferes with their religious beliefs.   The Constitution guarantees our American freedoms in two ways:
Protects our individual right to worship
Demands that church and state remain separate

The way it has been interpreted by the courts, is that the government cannot promote or oppose any religious views.  Creationism, creation science, and intelligent design theory are all religious views or doctrines.   Do the republicans understand they are violating the first Amendment or do they just not care?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Not only are the republicans waging a war on women, unions, climate change and science, but now they have added a war against our constitution.   Do today's republicans ever want to build anything other than their bank accounts?

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