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March 18, 2005

Arkansas politics

From NWANews:

Rep. Mark Martin, R-Prairie Grove [Arkansas], wants the state to teach, along with the theory of evolution, the theory that "certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause and not by an undirected process such as natural selection." Martin, who describes himself as conservative Christian, said he doesn’t want schools to teach children that God exists or that evolution is wrong. Scientific teaching simply should take on a more "agnostic" view, he said. 

When he presented his House Bill 2608 to the Committee on Rules, the only discussion was why the bill had been assigned to that committee and not the Committee on Education, of which Martin is a member. Martin said he was puzzled, too, and said he can only assume it was a mistake. 

After explaining his aims with the legislation, no one on the committee made a motion to recommend the bill to the House.

In other words the bill was defeated by a political gimmick -- assign it to a committee of people you know will let it die, regardless of whether that committee has anything to do with the bill. Like they say, the less you know about what goes into making law and sausages, they better off you are.

The zealots of the religion of Evolution now remain in control of the government schools in the state of Arkansas as they do in the rest of the nation.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 18, 2005 11:12 AM

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