Rep. Mike Shelton began his debate opposing HB 1412 by reading from a script of Orson Welles' 1938 radio play of “War of the Worlds.”
“When he read that over the radio, there was mass hysteria,” said Shelton, D-Oklahoma City. “People believed that they were being taken over by aliens.
“And today we are being asked to believe that Agenda 21 is taking over America,” he said. “I want to go home and eat dinner. We've got 92 bills left on the calendar and we are talking about somebody taking over the state of Oklahoma.”
Shelton, noting that Thursday was the last day for the House to act on bills to send to the Senate, pleaded with the Republican-controlled House to oppose HB 1412 and avoid being the brunt of jokes from late-night television show hosts.
“Agenda 21 is a gimmick,” Shelton said. “Nobody's trying to take over. Nobody's trying to make us go out and build tracks and get healthy.”
“This is not a conspiracy issue,” Kern said. “It is something that is happening in our country. It is happening in our state. Unfortunately it is happening all over the world. … I know it sounds weird, but hey, it's true.”