We just heard: Texas's HB 285 will have a committee hearing tomorrow. This bill would strip away academic freedom from Texas colleges and universities and give the state's endorsement to "intelligent design" creationism.
Lawmakers need to hear from you now!!
This bill would be a government takeover of the marketplace of ideas, a massive government bailout for the bankrupt ideology of "intelligent design" and other pseudoscience. Your representative in the Texas House of Representatives, and all the members of the Higher Education committee, need to hear why you oppose this bill.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Bill Zedler, hasn't explained why he feels the need to single out ID creationism for special protection, or why he feels the need to override the academic freedom protections already in place at Texas colleges and universities. Those existing rules protect the right of faculty to conduct research freely, but the rights of these colleges and universities to set curriculum, to make personnel decisions, and to evaluate the merits of faculty and student research.
Please register your opposition here, and contact your representative and contact the members of the committee.
In talking to your representatives, remember to be concise, polite, and professional. Emphasize that you are their constituent, or that you are a fellow Texan contacting them as a member of the committee.
And please pass along this message to your friends and colleagues.