NCSE’s deputy director Glenn Branch said, “House Bill 1472 would eviscerate the teaching of biology in Missouri.”
In a white paper written in 2008, Branch said, “Evolution inextricably pervades the biological sciences; it therefore pervades, or at any rate ought to pervade, biology education at the K–12 level. There simply is no alternative to learning about it; there is no substitute activity. A teacher who tries to present biology without mentioning evolution is like a director trying to produce Hamlet without casting the prince.”
HB 1472 is sponsored by Republican state Reps. Rick Brattin and Andy Koenig, who have authored pro-religion, anti-science legislation before, according to the NSCE.
The two conservatives have attempted to craft a number of bills that would order teachers in all public learning institutions — including colleges and junior colleges — to give “equal time” to the religious creationist theory of Intelligent Design. None of those measures have been successful.
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