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Anti-Evolution Bill Lets Parents Pull Students from Class, Gets Missouri on the Daily Show

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Rep. Rick Brattin.
Missouri got another ribbing from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week, this time for a bill before the Missouri Legislature that would allow parents to remove their children from science class during lessons about evolution. (Watch the video from the Daily Show on the next page.)

Republican Representative Rick Brattin sponsored the bill, which requires schools to alert parents when evolution will be on the syllabus and to permit parents to remove students from class.

The bill isn't far off from one Brattin has filed three separate times that would require Missouri teachers to give equal instructional time to both evolution and creationism.

"There's so much of the theory of evolution that is being taught as fact...things like the primordial ooze," Brattin told Daily RFT last year. Brattin calls himself a "science buff" and denies that his bills to strengthen intelligent design instruction have to do with religion.

See also: Rick Brattin, Who Wants Anti-Evolution Lessons In Missouri Schools: "I'm A Science Enthusiast"

"This isn't preaching that God designed this," Brattin says. "The naysayers keep involving religion. This has to do with science. This is about testable data in today's world."

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Oh, are you teaching about evolution? One sec, let's get all the creationism kids out of here...
Brattin's new bill, House Bill 1472, requires schools to create a parental notification "mechanism" so parents will know to take their children out of school before lessons about evolutionary biology or natural selection.

But experts say evolution plays such a key role in biology that Brattin's bill would practically void students' educations.

See also: Akin: Evolution is "Not Even A Matter of Science"

"House Bill 1472 would eviscerate the teaching of biology in Missouri, says Glenn Branch, the deputy director for the National Center for Science Education, on the center's website. "There simply is no alternative to learning about it; there is no substitute activity. A teacher who tries to present biology without mentioning evolution is like a director trying to produce Hamlet without casting the prince."

Branch says removing evolution from the syllabus for children whose parents utilize Brattin's proposed law would "degrade" the value of a Missouri high school education.

Want to see Jon Stewart make fun of House Bill 1472? Continue to the next page.



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Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

Many kids already go to Catholic schools where they don't teach evolution.

June Bugg
June Bugg

somebody aught 2. Y'all suck!

Kyle DB
Kyle DB

Anti-Evolution bill? So what if parents want to pull their child from that. They should be allowed to do so. It's called liberty. You should try it.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

If you dont get out of misery much everyone that is not in misery thinks we are a joke

evian257
evian257

Leopold Strabismus. James Michener saw this 30 years ago. Read "Space."

John Null
John Null

Never gonna pass. If it does, maybe St. Louis should secede and form its own city-state so we don't have to put up with this freakshow Missouri is putting on.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

Missouri should be ridiculed for that!

Mary Lynn Dee
Mary Lynn Dee

Yes we love ignorance here in MO. Backwater capitol of America (who voted for this idiot??)

Christopher McIntosh
Christopher McIntosh

Straight priorities is what has held LGBTQI* Riights back for way tooooo long... Let's get our priorities queer! ;)

Amanda Conner
Amanda Conner

I don't hear any of you crying about common core and Saxon math.

Amanda Conner
Amanda Conner

How's this jerks... I'm a conservative atheist, and I feel like both sides should be discussed. Why is God and faith so bad for our little ones? If you raise your children to think they're gonna make that call on their own. The concept of God is not bad guys and there's a lot of history worth mentioning in that bible.

Melizza Gephardt
Melizza Gephardt

Newton proposed a THEORY of Gravity, not a law. Hopefully by the time I have children, there'll be a notification system for that subject too so I can tell my kids they have an invisible tail chaining them to the Earth's surface instead.

Bob Chekoudjian
Bob Chekoudjian

The bible does tell you to not question this god character. So, implicitly it survives by us staying ignorant. Once we wise up through inquisition and invstigation, we get to leave the "garden" of ignorance, just like Adam and Eve did. And then this god character can't survive.

Troy Woods
Troy Woods

This is stupid nd a waste of taxpayer dollars!

Josh McCreary
Josh McCreary

Just because you're stupid, doesn't mean you should be allowed to make your kids stupid, and call it a religion. It's time to put religion in the closet where it belongs.

Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

Religion and it's beliefs have no place in or nations public schools.

Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

Thank you Charles Forsythe for the website. Religion and it's beliefs has no place in or nation's public schools.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

We will always need people to pump gas.


Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

Theory : idea formed by speculation. Hypothesis: theory needing investigation. I will check out that site. thank you.

Scott Bringhurst
Scott Bringhurst

Apparently all you have to do is call yourself a "Science Buff" and it's good enough to be called an expert by anyone who is afeared of the way science actually works.

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Oh and I'm pretty sure there is no theory of creationism

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Ridiculous, this could be the worst thing to happen to Missouri. There's alot of stuff in school that is questionable.. That doesn't mean we need to confuse kids more, that's what this will do.

kylenicholasowens
kylenicholasowens

The way to teach children, in my opinion, is to simply introduce them to an idea and, over time, let them come to a conclusion of that idea, on their own. The theory of Evolution may be wrong; the theory of Creationism may be wrong. The point is not to teach what is, but instead, to teach what could be. So my opinion, respectfully, is to disagree with this bill. Simply because it is putting a restriction of knowledge that could be otherwise useful to coming up with ones own conclusions. Let the kids decide.

drhadjian
drhadjian

Luckily he is up for re-election.  However, I don't know if anyone is running against him.  I am embarrassed for having to share this state with him.

Charles Forsythe
Charles Forsythe

The Bible does NOT say to stay ignorant. That's what some CHURCHES say to do.

Paul Bick
Paul Bick

Natural selection at work, actually .. Its a competitive world out there ... if these numbskulls want to take their kids out of the game and fill their heads with distracting nonsense while the world rolls on without them, then so be it. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, as my old mother would say ..

Graham Collins
Graham Collins

Once again we have another moron that doesn't understand the difference between a Theory and a Hypothesis.

Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

Evolution and Darwin's( key word here) "theory" not to be confused with fact, we still don't know the "facts" on the origins of mankind.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Something like that. Similar to a biz not wanting to serve gay people, open up a gay friendly biz, you have easy new customers.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

This is just embarrassing.  Why would anyone let this sort of legislation even be written up?  All it does is institutionalize stupidity and ignorance.

court785
court785

@chesterlampkin I know...keep religion in religious studies classes and science in science classes.

successm3
successm3

There're no 'two sides'.  The scientific community decided on this a long time ago.  It's not a debate.  It's just scientists that know about evolution laughing at creationists idiocy.

The concept of god not bad?  Have you read the bible?  There is no more horrific self centered character in all of literature than the god of the bible.

successm3
successm3

@kylenicholasowens sorry dude, that's not how science works.  There is no 'theory of creationism'.  You obviously don't understand what the word 'theory' means in science.  Please tell me your post was in jest.  You don't 'decide' science, you prove it.  I'm trying to be polite here, but you are what is wrong with people today.

marleysdaddy
marleysdaddy

Evolution is a fact. We can and do observe change in allele frequency within a population over time. The THEORY of Evolution attempts to explain how all those changes in allele frequency, when compounded over geologic spans of time, led to the diversity of life today.

chesterlampkin
chesterlampkin

@court785 oh no. It's a similar debate when it comes to climate science and activism. Drives me nuts. Same discussion over and over.

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