Lawmaker pushing religious agenda

Some lawmakers won't rest until they succeed in imposing their social and religious views on the rest of us. Sen. Scott Pruitt, R-Broken Arrow, could be the poster boy for that movement.

First Pruitt tried to pass legislation that just about wrote a script for what doctors should say to women contemplating abortion. Some of the provisions in the measure were questionable and the speech undoubtedly would have frightened and confused women -- which is what he had in mind.

Doctors should provide patients with appropriate information about any procedure they are about to undergo, including potential side effects and other medical issues. But should state lawmakers tell doctors what to say to patients? We think not, and so do most doctors.

Fortunately, the Democrats in the Senate had the same view and all 27 of them voted to send Pruitt's so-called informed-consent bill to a committee where it likely will die.

Undaunted, Pruitt next comes up with a bill that purports to protect teachers from lawsuits, but somehow ends with a provision requiring disclaimers about the theory of evolution in science textbooks.

Pruitt at first was disingenuous, saying he was not the author of the textbook-disclaimer amendment. And it's true that he was not. But he now says he will try to get the measure reconsidered after it failed to receive the 25 votes necessary for passage.

If he does not favor the textbook disclaimer, why did he argue that its "language is important in a sense of helping students understand that the theory of evolution is just that -- a theory"?

Sen. Bernest Cain, D-Oklahoma City, had it right when he declared the provision would make us "the laughingstock of the country." Cain no doubt expressed the sentiments of many Oklahomans when he said he resents people "trying to push their religion down other people's throats" through such legislation.

Sen. Charles Ford, R-Tulsa, had the audacity to suggest that people like Cain "believe in nothing" just because they don't want people like Pruitt forcing their religious views on the rest of us.

Our bet is that most reasonable citizens would agree with Cain. If Pruitt wants to preach, there are plenty of venues for him to do that.