A Missouri state Representative has launched another attack on science, introducing a law requiring any school district that teaches evolution to “warn” parents ahead of time so that they may opt their children out of the course before it is taught.
Representative Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville said that this latest attempt to limit the teaching of science in science class is designed to make it more acceptable to opponents than his previous two attempts. That’s right, he has attempted to limit the teaching of science twice in the past, failing both times to pass a law that would have required that creation “science” be taught as well.
“What my bill would do is it would allow parents to opt out of natural selection teaching,” Brattin explained. “It would not prohibit the child from going through biology from learning about cell structure, DNA and the building blocks of life.”
He displays his own ignorance of science when he stresses that evolution is a “theory” but that schools teach it as fact. We often use the term “theory” in science when we are actually talking about a fact, usually because all of the mechanics of the facts are not completely understood. We speak of the “theory” of relativity and no one in Japan would ever question that it may not be factual, we also have a “theory” of gravitation but no one would ever question its existence either.
Sadly, this is Missouri and he has many supporters. One woman interviewed by television station KCTV said, “I definitely think parents should be notified if evolution is taught cause I believe in creation.”
Another local resident Brandon Eastwood said, “evolution is just, it’s not taught in the Bible so it shouldn’t be taught in class.” He then added, “Even if I had to spend some time in jail I wouldn’t subject my kids to that nonsense.”
Apparently we have been falling down on education in this country. We don’t teach stoning adulterers to death. We don’t teach making blood sacrifice to God, and we don’t teach that Waterworld is just a repeat of the time when the entire planet was covered in water.
Two 16-year-old girls in Adrian, Missouri were asked what they thought about teaching evolution. One of the girls had never heard the term and had to have it explained to her by her friend who inaccurately described it as, “It’s whether God is real or not.”
Not surprisingly, both of the mothers of these girls support Brattin’s proposed law although to their credit, both girls said that they thought it should be taught.
Three other states are currently considering similar laws and four states already prohibit the teaching of evolution. No one will be surprised to learn that all of these states are in the Bible Belt.
Watch the report from KCTV in the video below.