John Gilmore notes that Utah's House of Representatives has defeated the "Origins of Life" bill by a substantial margin. The legislation, which would have required teachers to issue a disclaimer before teaching the theory of natural selection, went down in a 46-to-28 vote, having run afoul of Republicans in the state body, science/religion separatists, and Mormons who believe intelligent design theory goes against the teachings of the LDS church. "Even red-as-blood states can't seem to get anywhere with this stuff," Gilmore notes. "I think it clarifies the issue as the tempest in a teacup it really is."
But who made the teacup, John, and who the tempest?