In Missouri, Brattin proposes parental consent to learn biology

I’m not joking when I ask, is he brain-dead? How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits? Oh wait, he’s blinded by faith.

Unprecedented Attack On Evolution ‘Indoctrination’ Mounted In Missouri.

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would require schools to notify parents if “the theory of evolution by natural selection” was being taught at their child’s school and give them the opportunity to opt out of the class.

State Rep. Rick Brattin (R), who sponsored the bill, told a local TV station last week that teaching only evolution in school was “indoctrination.”

“It’s an absolute infringement on people’s beliefs,” Brattin told the Kansas City Star of requiring schools to teach evolution. “What’s being taught is just as much faith and, you know, just as much pulled out of the air as, say, any religion.”

Another hardcore religious zealot who doesn’t have an inkling of what science is or how it works…

This bill is one of several anti-evolution proposals that have appeared across the country in various forms from “the teach the controversy” stance to inclusion of instruction in Intelligent Design (a religious-based proposal painted up with sciencey jargon). But this is the only one that would mandate parental notification that their children were being taught evolution – the basis of biology as knowledge and the ONLY explanation for life on earth that takes into account all evidence from all earth and life sciences. On Brattin’s side – there is… the Bible.

Nye-vs-Ham-cartoon-evidence

We here at DN are pretty tolerant of personal belief, but when it threatens the public good, insults our intelligence, ignores the case law based on the Constitution, shoves a particular religion down our throat, disrespects the knowledge gained by scientific research, and deliberately sets out to make people stupid, then we have to call this Brattin guy a self-righteous piece of crap. Amen.

The Economist notes:

Parents can opt to send their children to religious schools, but if they choose public education for their offspring they cannot treat the curriculum like a buffet and plan their child’s attendance accordingly.

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  8 comments for “In Missouri, Brattin proposes parental consent to learn biology

  1. terry the censor
    February 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    > How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits?

    I’m sure he doesn’t expect this to survive a court challenge, he only cares about getting votes. After all, beating one’s chest about a fake controversy is a lot easier — and gets more headlines — than good governance.

  2. Peter Robinson
    February 20, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    Interesting that he admits that religions are pulled out of the air. So, his only error is to suggest that evolution is as well. A big error of course.

  3. Jack
    February 20, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Why couldn’t this argument go for any subject? I can’t do your math because you don’t do cubits. I won’t learn your literature because it is pagan. I won’t do calculus because it isn’t in the Bible. The bible says the earth is the center of the universe so I can’t do your astronomy. Why is evolution special, you could use that excuse for every subject. What a maroon.

  4. Sam
    February 20, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    “What’s being taught is just as much faith and, you know, just as much pulled out of the air as, say, any religion.”

    Evolution WAS pulled out of the air, and the water, and the earth, and the sky, and all the life on earth. Then it was tested, millions of times, and passed with flying colors. He is right about religion though.

  5. Peebs
    February 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    I think he’s correct. The indoctrination of children is wrong.

    Oh, hang on.

  6. Cathy
    February 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    My jaw dropped when I saw this headline. I don’t think I need to say more.

  7. Ric
    February 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Interesting that he got the term “theory of evolution by natural selection” right. That’s the only piece, but most of them can’t get that right. Someone probably coached him. Natural selection should be taught as a theory, the probable one, that explains the indisputable fact of evolution.

  8. February 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    The dumbest evolution law ever: http://ncse.com/blog/2014/02/fermi-missouri-0015405

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