Thursday, March 29, 2012

Oppose the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act

HB 1551, the "Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act," passed the Oklahoma House, and goes next to the Senate Education Committee. The committee meets at 9:00 on Monday morning, and I ask those of you who live in Oklahoma to contact members as soon as possible (see below). Remember to include your home address in email correspondence.

Note that this bill, if passed into law, would give science teachers the freedom to judge where "scientific controversy" exists. It lists "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning" as examples of controversy. It does not mention, of course, the "scientific controversies" as to whether HIV causes AIDS, and as to whether HIV even exists. The thought of biology teachers effectively encouraging teenagers to doubt that unprotected sex puts them at elevated risk of AIDS is chilling. Most would not do this, but I guarantee you that there are some who would.

Senator John Ford (R) (Chair) 405-521-5634
Senator Gary Stanislawski (Vice Chair) 405-521-5624
Senator Cliff Branan (R) (405) 521-5543
Senator Josh Brecheen (R) (sponsor of similar bills)
Senator Greg Childers (R) (405) 521-5522
Senator Kim David (R) (405) 521-5590
Senator Judy Eason McIntyre (D) 405-521-5598
Senator Earl Garrison (D) 405-521-5533
Senator Jim Halligan (R) 405-521-5572
Senator David Holt (R) (405) 521-5636
Senator Clark Jolley (R) (405) 521-5622
Senator Charlie Laster (D) (405) 521-5539
Senator Richard Lerblance (D) (405) 521-5604
Senator Mike Mazzei (R) 405-521-5675
Senator Jonathan Nichols (R) (405) 521-5535
Senator Susan Paddack (D) 405-521-5541
Senator John Sparks (D) 405-531-5553

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