Monday, February 27, 2006


Brokeback in the Mountains

The anti-evolution bill that was pending in Utah is dead.

After a legislative maneuver where the Utah House amended the original bill, essentially gutting it, the House voted overwhelmingly, 46-28, to kill it, to stop the Senate from having the ability to revive the issue.

The original would have required a teacher to say the state does not endorse evolution and that the controversial theory is not a proven fact. The gutted bill simply read: "The State Board of Education shall establish curriculum requirements relating to scientific instruction."

"There are a number of influential legislators who believe you evolved from an ape. I didn't," said Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, who sponsored the bill.

I'd have to agree that Sen. Buttars shows scant evidence of evolution of any sort. He did say it was "doubtful" that he would try a similar bill in the future, so it appears that he at least has some limited learning ability.

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