Proposed Oklahoma Law Would Make It Illegal To Fail Students For Arguing Dinos And Humans Coexisted

February 25, 2013


Because you shouldn't be able to fail a student just for being 100% dead wrong, a proposed Oklahoma law (which is actually moving forward because this is Oklahoma we're talking about) will prevent science teachers from flunking students who argue dinosaurs and humans coexisted. Which, except for in science fiction and my fantasies, they did not.

The state legislator's committee in charge of education standards has approved a law that would forbid teachers from penalizing students who argue against widely accepted scientific theories, such as evolution and climate change.

"I proposed this bill because there are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks," said Republican State Representative Gus Blackwell who sponsored the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act, which can now go the state legislature for a vote.

You know those shirts that say 'Oklahoma is OK!' because OK is the state abbreviation for Oklahoma? $100 says nobody behind this bill gets the pun. That said, if this passes I'm moving to Oklahoma to retake high school science classes and argue against everything. CHEMISTRY IS POTIONS, E = MC³, MAGNETS ARE JUST GRAVITY.

Thanks to Damien W, who's a biologist but 100% willing to abandon his career in favor of the possibility human/dino sexy times (his words, not mine -- we're gonna start a club).

Picture of me destroying a volcano atop my t-rex mount courtesy of my buddy Jesse Starr.

  • Brant_Alan

    I hope GW has had that picture framed in every room of his house since it was made for him

  • Bob

    Oklahoma is poor and ignorant. This is news?

  • JX

    How dare they! They're ruining society!

  • Evangelos

    Never before have I been so ashamed of the state I'm living in... and I used to lived in Florida! Seriously though... creationist are proving to the world just how far dumb people can go (state senate, smdh) in these United States. Imbecile! Le réalité et toi, vous ne vous entendez pas, n'est-ce pas?

  • Guest

    Never before have I been so ashamed of the state I'm living in... and I used to lived in Florida!

  • I should be able to argue anything I want and still get an A, graduate, and be awarded #1 trophy. I should never be challenged or learn that I can be wrong. And, I should bang my own sister up in them thar hills as often as possible.

  • Peter


    whether coexisted or not is still yet to be proven. Both are theories, there are just more evidence to the latter.

  • Peter


    Shows evidence of possibilities that humans and dinosaurs lived together at the same time.... which is a theory...just like the statement that they did not is a theory...

  • $18922249

    Legislating that it is 'ok' to be intellectually lazy. Awesome.

  • Alp

    I actually support this acts
    it allows religious student to acknowledge how they feel about certain issues without fear of repercussion by disagreeing teachers.

  • Shane Thompson

    The greatest minds of science have challenged all that we have known be true, without them - we would probably assume that the world is at the center of universe and the world is still flat. It's those who can't think outside the box who will be enslaved to theoretical complacency.

  • Zachariah Scott

    Interestingly it was frequently religious dogma which the greatest minds of science challenged when they challanged what we "knew to be true" - think the likes of Galileo and Copernicus. This bill is supporting the opposite. It is supporting religious dogma which refuses to accept what the current great minds of science have discovered. This law isn't about preventing any restriction on the development of great minds, but rather ensuring that young minds confuse what happened in reality with what happened on The Flintstones. Providing evidence based reality is a great starting point for allowing great minds to develop. Providing them BS is not.

  • Idlethoughts

    This comic comes to mind:

  • SingB****

    WTF...That portrait is amazing.

  • RareAwesomeman

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore...

  • spectre99

    ok, google glenrose tx. there is a dino print right next to a human footprint. in stone. i dont have a dog in this fight bc, frankly i am more interested in moving forward. the fact is science has become a religeon and anything that chalenges academia and the grant and funding machine is heressy. hate away

  • $18922249

    Ninja edit: And now my comment has returned.

  • $18922249

    I assume that you are talking about the tracks mentioned in the following article: .

    It took me approximately 30 seconds to find evidence that this is a fake. To say that science is a religion is dismissive and intellectually lazy on your part. Read. You are not interested in moving forward, you are interested in half-baked subversion efforts. Read. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to begin to understand the physical universe around us, but you can do it. Read. We scientists built your car, your computer (which you seem to be happy to carelessly use), your internet, your telescopes, your microscopes, we penned your textbooks, we developed your medicines, we gave you a device which fits in your pocket that has access to all of the knowledge from all of humanity, instantly, we gave you cures for diseases, we gave you vaccines, we gave you witness to the subatomic world, we gave you witness to the vastness of time and space, we gave you mathematical modelling, we cave you calculus, we gave you everything that you call contemporary culture... and yet you are either too stupid or lazy to recognize that this is the case. Read. We did these things not through magic or conjecture (like religion would have you believe). We did these things with the hard work of countless brilliant individuals, working in anonymity and often poverty. Read. We did these things because we believe in a better society. Read. We did these things because, "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." Read.

    People like you are a plague.

  • Idlethoughts

    And unfortunately one with next to no known cures.

  • $18922249

    I'm not sure that I understand your comment.

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