Oklahoma Congressman seeks to ban Dawkins from state
If you live in Oklahoma and you’re not an idiot, then this piece of news is likely to ruin your day. Representative Todd Thomsen tried to introduce a resolution to ban Richard Dawkins from speaking at the University of Oklahoma. The reason, as you may have guessed, is that Thomsen feels that the Theory of Evolution is offensive to him.
THAT the Oklahoma House of Representative strongly opposes the invitation to speak on the campus of the University of Oklahoma to Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, whose published statements on the theory of evolution and opinion about those who do not believe in the theory are contrary and offensive to the views and opinions of most citizens of Oklahoma.
THAT the Oklahoma House of Representatives encourages the University of Oklahoma to engage in an open, dignified, and fair discussion of the Darwinian theory of evolution and all other scientific theories which is the approach that a public institution should be engaged in and which represents the desire and interest of the citizens of Oklahoma.
Notice something strange about this double speak? Apparently Oklahoma University is engaged in open and dignified discussion, and that excludes evolution, apparently.
I don’t care if 99% of the citizens of Oklahoma thought evolution was offensive. Science isn’t a democracy or a popularity contest. How afraid of the truth do you have to be when your only recourse is trying to make a law banning someone. Congratulations on a bang up job, Congressmen!