By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
The latest evidence that the Republican crazy engine in the AZ lege is warmed up and hitting on all cylinders just two weeks into the new session:
SB1213, relating to "schools; science instruction; requirements".
When I saw that subject on the lege's website, my first thought was "oh shit – what are they up to now?". I calmed down long enough to realize that I was getting ahead of myself and should look at the bill's content before thinking the badly about the measure.
So I read the bill, and came to the conclusion that my deepest fears about the bill were wrong.
The fears weren't unfounded, however. Not hardly.
They were far milder than the reality of the proposal.
The text of the bill (emphasis mine):
Notwithstanding paragraph C above, this bill looks an awful lot like an attempt to force religious doctrine into Arizona's science classrooms, under the guise of "teaching all sides of controversial issues" (or somesuch BS) while blithely ignoring the fact that much of the "controversy" isn't scientifically-based. While paragraph C purports to state that the bill isn't about religious indoctrination, that paragraph is more than belied by part 2 of the intent clause in the bill.
The legislators who've signed on to this nuggest of crazy are state senators one and all – Judy "Birther" Burges, Chester "Sylvia Allen's hand-picked successor" Crandell, Rick "I don't know enough him to mock him. Yet." Murphy, Steve "Shoring Up His Right Flank In Preparation For A Run For Governor Next Year" Pierce, Don "Tequila" Shooter, and Steve "Raking It In Hand Over Fist" Yarbrough.
Because of this bill, and the others like it that are in the pipeline, a new post category has been created – Putting the AZ in crAZy. [Not applicable to BfA.]