Thursday, March 17, 2011

" Texas Bill Seeks To Combat Discrimination Against Creationists

Unlike many other states, Texas does not ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. But don't be alarmed; the Lone Star State is working on that whole civil liberties thing. Last week, Republican State Rep. Bill Zedler introduced HB 2454, a bill that would establish new workplace protections for proponents of intelligent design. Here's the key part:

An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member's or student's conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms." (from Huff Post)

Only a bill of course, but this is the Texas of misinformation in its textbooks; and so it may pass.( I loved the accompanying cartoon showing how well humans got along with dinosaurs.)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

N.R.A. Declines to Meet With Obama on Policy (NY Times)
"But the National Rifle Association, for decades the most formidable force against proposals to limit gun sales or ownership, is refusing to join the discussion — possibly dooming it from the start, given the lobby’s clout with both parties in Congress. Administration officials had indicated they expected that the group would be represented at a meeting, perhaps on Friday.

“Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?” said Wayne LaPierre, the longtime chief executive of the National Rifle Association."

Outrageous. One reason that our legislators fail to make rational decisions. And so our government fails us in so many ways.