Ohio House Bill 679 mandates that evidence
"not supportive" of evolution be taught!

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  Update: House Bill 679 is now obsolete. It was introduced during the 1999-2000 General Assembly session, but did not make it out of the Education committee.  The reason we left this link on our web site is for historical purposes.  Please do not contact your House of Representatives member about this obsolete bill.

Background:

Ohio HB 679 recently introduced by state representatives Ron Hood, Ron Young, James R. Jordan, Robert E. Netzley, Jamie Callender, Jim Buchy, Patricia Clancy, James P. Trakas, James M. Hoops says this:

Sec. 3313.6012. WHENEVER A THEORY OF THE ORIGIN OF HUMANS OR OTHER LIVING THINGS THAT MIGHT COMMONLY BE REFERRED TO AS "EVOLUTION" IS INCLUDED IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM PROVIDED BY ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT OR EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER, BOTH SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SUPPORTING OR CONSISTENT WITH THE THEORY AND SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE NOT SUPPORTING OR INCONSISTENT WITH THE THEORY SHALL BE INCLUDED.

Notice the complete lack of religion or theism in this wording. This is consistent with our Position Statement. We are in strong support of the this bill. We asked the Christian Law Association to review it and give us a legal opinion on whether or not it could withstand a challenge by the ACLU or other pro-atheism organizations. On May 13, we received the Christian Law Association's Legal Opinion of House Bill 679. Bottom line is that this bill, if passed into law, will quite easily withstand any challenges by the ACLU or others. You may also see the general legal opinion the CLA gave us to post on our web site concerning the teaching of creation science in general (it does not specifically address the wording of HB679).

We've been told that this bill is will be given to the Education Committee. We've also heard that it may not receive much priority. We urge you to contact the education committee members below to express your support for this important bill, and request that they give it the priority it needs to get passed out of the Education Committee and to the whole House of Representatives for a vote. We are not optimistic that the Ohio State Board of Education will do on their own, what this bill demands that they do. We suspect that in the end, it's probably going to take legislation like this to force them to finally put honest science back into Ohio classrooms. So far, our requests to have them include the opposing scientific evidence against the theory of evolution into the curriculum and testing standards has been met with courtesy, but no real action. Therefore it is vital that all of those who want honest science put back into the classroom get behind this bill as it makes its way through the legislative process.

Here's how to contact the Education Committee members [all numbers have an area code of 614]:

Chairman, Charles Brading [R-Wapakoneta]   466-3819   Rep86@ohr.state.oh.us
Vice-Chairman, Bill Harris [R-Ashland]   466-1431   Rep93@ohr.state.oh.us
Catherine Barrett [D-Cincinnati]   466-1645   Rep31@ohr.state.oh.us
John Bender [D-Elyria]   644-5076   Rep62@ohr.state.oh.us
Ann Womer Benjamin [R-Aurora]   466-2004   Rep75@ohr.state.oh.us
Jamie Callender [R-Willowick]   466-7251   Rep70@ohr.state.oh.us
Chuck Calvert [R-Medina]   466-8140   Rep81@ohr.state.oh.us
Bryan Flannery [D-Lakewood]   466-3454   Rep17@ohr.state.oh.us
Randy Gardner [R-Bowling Green]   466-8104   Rep04@ohr.state.oh.us
Ron Gerberry [D-Canfield]   466-6107   Rep65@ohr.state.oh.us
Robert Gooding [D-Waldo]   644-6265   Rep90@ohr.state.oh.us
William Hartnett [D-Mansfield]   466-5802   Rep79@ohr.state.oh.us
James Hoops [R-Napoleon]   466-3760   Rep83@ohr.state.oh.us
James Jordan [R-Urbana]   466-1507   Rep85@ohr.state.oh.us
Ray Miller [D-Columbus]   466-8010   Rep22@ohr.state.oh.us
Jon Peterson [R-Delaware]   466-6711   Rep80@ohr.state.oh.us
Twyla Roman [R-Akron]   466-1790   Rep48@ohr.state.oh.us
Shirley Smith [D-Columbus]   466-7954   Rep08@ohr.state.oh.us
Dennis Stapleton [R-Washington CH]   466-3506   Rep88@ohr.state.oh.us
Chris Widener [R-Xenia area]   466-2038   Rep74@ohr.state.oh.us
Cheryl Winkler [R-Cincinnati]   466-8258   Rep34@ohr.state.oh.us
         
(Highlighted names are one of the bills' sponsors)        

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