THIS is good news, but it’s strange. A mere three weeks ago we reported Mississippi Creationism: New Bill Filed for 2010. Even in the context of other anti-science bills, this was a moronic piece of creationist legislation. It was introduced by Representative Gary Chism, who has a history of doing something like this year after year. What made Chism’s latest bill especially stupid is that its central provision, requiring that state schools:
shall have proportionately equal instruction from educational materials that present scientifically sound arguments by protagonists and antagonists of the theory of evolution.
was certain to be found unconstitutional, because in 1987 the US Supreme Court ruled against Louisiana’s “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction Act.” See: Edwards v. Aguillard.
Nevertheless, we were gearing up for a long period of the usual legislative hearings, with bible college “scientists” arguing their side of the issue, while “family values” groups were insisting that creationism is the only true science, etc.
To our surprise, as we learned at the website of the National Center for Science Education: Antievolution bill in Mississippi dies.
In only three weeks? We went scrambling for news stories, but the Mississippi media are silent about this. Just to be sure, we clicked over to where the state legislature allows us to follow the progress of Chism’s bill through the House. Go and see for yourself:
The red color is what you’ll see at the legislature’s website. Wow! When it’s shown in red, it’s really dead.
If we learn what caused this happy result so swiftly, we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, rejoice! Sanity prevails in Mississippi.
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