What do fervent conservative Republicans do when faced with the fact that sometimes the tempting fruits of knowledge conflict with faith? Do they stand idly by while good Christian boys and girls are assaulted by those evil liberal university professors with their Marxist/Satanic ideology? Do they permit godless atheists to teach their children without protection?
Of course not! In the interest of good Christian men and women everywhere, they seek to shield those innocent young minds from the godless commie pinko reality based community of scientists the best way they know how: by legislating the mandatory teaching of God-Fearing Truthiness:
amending Title 15, chapter 14, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding article 8; relating to UNIVERSITIES and community colleges.
(TEXT OF BILL […])
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 15, chapter 14, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 8, to read:
ARTICLE 8. ALTERNATIVE COURSEWORK AND MATERIALS
START_STATUTE15-1881. Alternative coursework or materials
Each university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents and each community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district shall adopt procedures by which students who object to any course, coursework, learning material or activity on the basis that it is personally offensive shall be provided without financial or academic penalty an alternative course, alternative coursework, alternative learning materials or alternative activity. Objection to a course, coursework, learning material or activity on the basis that it is personally offensive includes objections that the course, coursework, learning material or activity conflicts with the student’s beliefs or practices in sex, morality or religion.
God save the Republic and the honorable Arizona Legislature!
More after the fold . . .
Finally, a group of good Christian legislators willing to put their religion ahead of silly ideas like separation of church and state. Because no christian youth should be forced to endure the temptation of reason and logic, or observable fact, if it interferes with their hard won faith. And God forbid their parents should have to pay for such sinful teachings!
Here for your information are the names of the stalwart Republicans proponents of this bill who stand behind Jesus in denying the awful reality and Jedi mind trickiness of college trained biologists, philosophers, physicists and (booooo! hisssss!) social scientists:
Senators Verschoor, Blendu, Harper, Jarrett, Johnson; Representatives Barnes, Biggs, Burges, Groe, Smith, Yarbrough: Senators Bee, Burns, Flake, Gould, Gray, Huppenthal, Martin; Representatives Allen J, Anderson, Gorman, Mason, Pearce, Pierce, Quelland, Rosati.
May the Good Lord keep them and preserve them, bless them and cherish them, and may he grant them his victory by permitting such godly legislation to be passed before those damned to hell for all eternity liberal Democrats can make a stink about it!
Hat tip to an unidentified emailer from Mesa AZ who posted the link to this bill at Altercation.