Senator Jim Inhofe’s embarrassing speech before congress with his snowball was a low point for Oklahoma politics. So in steps Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) with the perfect rebuttal. It had just the right amount of scientific references and just the right amount humor.
I love this quote, “So, you can believe every major American scientific society, or you can believe the Senator With The Snowball.”
Sen. Inhofe will forever be known as the Senator with the Snowball.
A bill has been proposed in the Oklahoma senate that is, without a doubt, anti-science. Senate bill 665 was written by Sen. Josh Brecheen (R-District 6). The bill would create what Sen. Brecheen calls the Oklahoma Science Education Act. A bunch of words that say one thing but mean something entirely different.
SB 665 would force school districts and the state to “assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies.” The bill does not mention what those controversies may be but, when you understand Sen. Brecheen’s history, it’s very clear evolution and climate change are two of his targets.
The National Center for Science Education has a good write up on Sen. Brecheen’s attempts to give biology teachers a way out of teaching evolution.
This all follows the roadmap set forth in the Wedge Document. It was a campaign introduced in the late 90’s by the Discovery Institute. The point of the Wedge Document is to show how a wedge can and should be driven between public opinion and policy makers to create a more theistic approach to science education, specifically evolution.
You can contact Senator Brecheen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let him know that Oklahoma needs more science education and less interference from lawmakers.