Stop Texas Creationism Bill!

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.

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  • Brenda S.

    Thanks for the information on this! I have only been in Houston for three years, and I am just learning about the lay of the intellectual land. I was a junior high English teacher in Toledo, Ohio for 35 years. In southern Ohio there is a place called the Creation Museum. I have been tempted to go just to witness the dioramas depicting dinosaurs walking with humans! Before you go in you have to sign a statement that you will NOT question anything you see or talk to anyone about your doubts. If you do, you are forced to leave. I would not be able to keep my mouth shut. They manage to toss in a good dose of homophobia also.

    April 17, 2013

    • Vicki

      I went to an interesting (comical) creationism museum in Glen Rose as part of a biology field trip in college for my natural selection class. It is near the dinosaur tracks we visited there. My prof. laughed the whole time! They even had their own version of Lucy. It would be a fun trip to re-visit this site if it still exists.

      April 17, 2013

  • David

    It is the seventeenth and I did not get around to contacting my representatives. Is it to late?

    April 17, 2013

  • FredT

    Absurd! "Texas education" is fast becoming an oxymoron.

    April 16, 2013

    • Ken

      becoming? I beg to differ! fast became a few decades ago IMHO

      1 · April 16, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I can't go in person, but I've contacted every one of my representatives.

    April 16, 2013

    • Sam O.

      Me, too. That's really why I added this to Meetup. Most of us can't go in person. I realize that, but we can be the squeaky wheel on the phone and the Internet.

      April 16, 2013

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