Oklahoma House panel votes down science bill

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: February 23, 2011
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“Religion belongs in a philosophy class or a religion class,” she said. “There's no protection in this bill for any kind of religious thought, any kind of religious thinking, any creationism.

“The curriculum is not going to change. This is not to hinder science.”

Kern said an e-mail campaign against her bill led to her measure's failure.

“Members were influenced by a lot of misrepresentation and outright lies that were put out,” she said after the meeting. “It does not hurt science; it helps science. ... It had nothing to do with creationism.”

David Grow, of Edmond, a retired zoologist with the Oklahoma City Zoo, told committee members passage of HB 1555 could allow “scientific literature written for popular consumption” to be brought into classrooms.

“What they're considering science is not recognized as science by the scientific community,” Grow said after the meeting. “And they will be introducing intelligent design ideas and criticisms of evolution based on unfactual claims about evolution. ... This isn't about science; this is anti-evolution.”