Missouri Republicans Propose Bill Requiring Parental Consent For Children To Learn Evolution

schoolVia Talking Points Memo, enabling parents to send their children to school without worry that they will be subjected to science:

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would require schools to notify parents if “the theory of evolution by natural selection” was being taught at their child’s school and give them the opportunity to opt out of the class.

The bill had its first public hearing Thursday after being introduced in late January. State Rep. Rick Brattin (R), who sponsored the bill, told a local TV station last week that teaching only evolution in school was “indoctrination.”

The bill is one of several anti-evolution proposals that have already appeared in statehouses across the country. But Brattin’s bill appears to be the only one, and perhaps the first, that would mandate parental notification that their children were being taught evolution in school.

52 Comments on "Missouri Republicans Propose Bill Requiring Parental Consent For Children To Learn Evolution"

  1. One more example of parents having too much control over their children.

  2. Thurlow Weed | Feb 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm |

    One more reason why the US needs a socialist revolution followed by a period of terror until the last creationist his hanged by the entrails of the last Fox New viewer.

    • Calypso_1 | Feb 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm |

      I’m beginning to think a guillotine should be the next acquisition for my bug-out-kit.

      • Anarchy Pony | Feb 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm |

        Garrote wire would be more portable.

        • Calypso_1 | Feb 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm |

          Already have that. Get’s tiring after awhile and not enough of a crowd pleaser. I was thinking of a fold up model that could go in the truck.

          • Ah, but this would bring more fear. Although less practical. you could offer to spare their lives if they opt for castration though.

          • Calypso_1 | Feb 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm |

            I really don’t want to get into managing a eunuch class. Historically that has been a real nuisance.

          • That is true, they could eventually fight back.

          • Rhoid Rager | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm |

            As in ‘sit down here’, instead of ‘lie down here’?

          • A form of Plata O Plomo. Give me your balls or your life.

            juevos y plomo.

          • Rhoid Rager | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm |

            That watermark totally photo bombed your guillotine pic.

          • I know. There wasn’t much for portable guillotine pics.

          • Calypso_1 | Feb 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm |


          • emperorreagan | Feb 26, 2014 at 9:37 am |

            Sounds like a fairly straight forward project. Timing the confetti launch with the drop of the head into the basket would probably be the biggest design hurdle.

          • Calypso_1 | Feb 26, 2014 at 11:45 am |

            Not at all old boy! A pneumatic charge pressurized by the falling blade and a release switch flipped at the proper moment by the same. Though I would rather have confetti with the slicing swish and a single lonely balloon float up at the basket drop.

          • emperorreagan | Feb 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm |

            Ha! I spent so much time writing things into programs for people that I forget you can just do things with mechanical switches.

      • Thurlow Weed | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:10 pm |

        You’d better think up new names for the months of the year, too.

    • I stopped identifying myself as an atheist because of douchebags like you.

      • Thurlow Weed | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm |

        Are you sure you’re not simply a coward? Some people can’t handle the commitment it takes to hold a point of view not shared by the majority.

    • Anti-Crowley | Feb 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm |

      You sound so tolerant an progressive. I’m sure you make a living offering your brilliance to others, it’s a wonder you sneaked away long enough to contribute your pearls of wisdom here.

      • Thurlow Weed | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm |

        I’m intolerant of most anything that acts as a brake on human progress, yes. Have another pearl.

        • Anti-Crowley | Feb 26, 2014 at 8:00 am |

          Such a champion you are. That’s quite funny as you demonstrate nothing more than hate brought on by social in group, out group conflict. Your not as complex as you think Weed…

          • Thurlow Weed | Feb 26, 2014 at 8:06 am |

            Grammar; the difference between knowing your shit and know you’re shit.

    • marvin nubwaxer | Feb 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm |

      nope, we need to make the politicians accountable for passing unconstitutional legislation and for the court costs to repeal it.

      • Thurlow Weed | Feb 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm |

        “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

  3. Anarchy Pony | Feb 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm |

    Evolution doesn’t posit an answer to abiogenesis, ipso facto there must be a designer, ipso facto that designer is the abrahamic god, hence christianity just as legitimate of a theory. QED.

    • Calypso_1 | Feb 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm |

      It has always amazed me that the logical result of anthropomorphizing a creator should not be one with a womb.

    • Anti-Crowley | Feb 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm |

      Your right. Much better is, evolution doesn’t posit an answer to abiogenesis, ipso facto we are an accident, ipso facto we came from nothing, hence atheism is a legitimate theory.

      • Anarchy Pony | Feb 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm |

        And ur amazing propensity for projecting ur insecurity shines on. Ur god came out of nothing, which is somehow more palatable than a universe emerging from nothing. Astounding. Ur ego just can’t handle the notion u aren’t some special little cog in ur deity’s gloriously insane plan.

        • Technically, his God did not come from anything, which is different. Logically, something always has been.

        • Anti-Crowley | Feb 26, 2014 at 8:07 am |

          Such an astute diagnosis Dr. Pony. I underestimated your ability to spend five minutes reading about projection on Wikipedia, then jump on Disinfo and demonstrate it immediately. A few other fun Wikipedia nuggets you might want to get familiar with. Dunning-Kruger effect and Cognative information bias. Be seeing you : *

  4. BuzzCoastin | Feb 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm |

    like science is the only thing censored in schools
    or like knuckle dragging morons are all red teamers
    when at least half of aMerka is not intelligent enough
    to handle scientific abstraction
    or even read beyond a 5th grade level

    • Superstitious beliefs thrive in modern Singapore


      SINGAPORE–Whenever Christina Tang isoverseas and returns to her hotel room, she always knocks on the door before entering even if she is the only occupant.

      The 25-year-old Singaporean marketing executive said knocking on the door is meant to seek permission from the “good brothers” — spirits that might have takenover her room while she was away — for her to stay over for the night.

      “It’s just like visiting a friend. You would definitely not barge in without the courtesy of a doorbell or a knock on the door, right? To me,it’s just respect.”

      Ten Urgent Problems in China’s Educational Reformation and Development


      The ten problems are presented below:

      1: Inconsistent development in basic education;

      2: Stagnation of education development in the countryside;

      3: Commercialized substandard education;

      4: Bureaucratic administration of principals and teachers;

      5: Excessive profit-orientation of private education;

      6: Education assessments not consistent with human values;

      7: Excessive concern about knowledge learning while neglecting ability training;

      8: Unrealistic expectations and emphasis on new curriculum;

      9: Difficulties of involving children from moving-population families;

      10: Professional ambition of educators overshadowing the true goals of education.

      • BuzzCoastin | Feb 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm |

        you know Sinapore isn’t in China, right?
        you know the article above
        is about homeland edumacation, right?

      • Jin The Ninja | Feb 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm |

        yes. singaporeans are very superstitious. we have daoist priests, bohmoh shamans, datuk gong, pontianak who live in banana trees, and wailing ghosts hiding in the jamban (outdoor toilet).
        word to the wise, singaporeans really despise mainlanders. in fact i get interesting ethnocentric, borderline racist (as if chinese singaporeans weren’t chinese) forwards from my relatives all the time regarding mainlanders behaviours all the time.

        i don’t really get this animosity between you and buzz. do you care to enlighten me?

        • I do not see the value in blaming America for the world’s problems, when there are issues all around the world.

          • Sure, America is not the cause of all the world’s problems, but you have to admit that China is superior to the U.S. in literally every way, especially morally.

          • I do not think that way. They have their problems, we have ours.

          • Don’t you care whether Hitler or Stalin killed more Jews? What kind of monster are you?

          • I care that Hitler made simplified and dehumanizing cartoons of his victims to convince his chosen. Or the propaganda themes of Stalin. New Man, Class enemy, Production, etc.

            Lots of broad sweeping accusations, blame, fear, and appeal to emotions.

        • Also, I have no ill feelings towards any country or their government. Everything is up to me. I am accountable for my actions and choices.

        • Good to know that ghosts in the outdoor toilet are a more widespread belief than I previously thought.

          • Jin The Ninja | Feb 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm |

            chinese superstitions connect ghosts and water. malay superstitions have ghosts and demons living in trees. so when you combine the two- the night time walk through a mango treed yard to the WC can be quite treacherous.

        • This is not exactly related. It’s interesting to me that this happens around the world. Guatemalans hate Mexicans, and vice versa. That wailing ghost is a devious superstition. A person should not be afraid to poo. I didn’t mean any disrespect, if you took that way.

          • Jin The Ninja | Feb 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm |

            oh none taken. and i knew there was none intended. it’s just that singaporeans don’t view themselves as ethnically, politically and socially similar to mainland chinese. they view themselves as separate. you also have to keep in mind ethnicity in china is quite complicated, and when you mix diaspora, colonialism. malay/indian/s.e. asian culture, with various ethnic chinese groups (teochew, hokkien, pernakan, cantonese), it becomes very unlike the culture of the motherland.

  5. Charleston Voice | Feb 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm |

    Very, very dangerous. A law such as this opens the doors for all sorts of frightening education from sex to transgender and race. Parents are best advised to educate your children at home or a salvational Christian school. The govt is the last one to entrust your child to.

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