Missouri Creationism Bill Goes Extinct

Creationist bill, road kill

THIS will be an uncharacteristically brief post. Back in January, Missouri joined the ranks of states afflicted by having an anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism bill filed in its legislature for this year. We noted it by posting Missouri Creationism: New Bill for 2010.

It was one of those goofy “strengths and weaknesses” bills, but it had some uniquely strange language in it. Essentially the same thing had been attempted in prior years, without success, by the same brilliant legislators. Standard creationist behavior.

Months went by. We wrote about creationist bills in other states as they got filed, languished in committee, and eventually died. From time to time we’d check on the status of the Missouri bill, only to find that nothing was happening. We were delighted, of course, but a lack of news doesn’t provide much material for the blog.

We recently posted this summary for the year: Legislation Watch: Missouri and South Carolina, reporting that for this year, only two states still had potentially viable creationism bills that were pending in their legislatures, and the legislative sessions for those two states were rapidly coming to an end.

Well, it’s all over in Missouri. There’s not much we can tell you, because our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have an article with all the information you could want to know: Antievolution legislation in Missouri dies.

So there you are. As we’ve previously reported, Louisiana and Texas have pretty much disappeared over the edge of the flat earth, but of the other states, only South Carolina remains on the endangered list for this year. A few states, however, have year-long legislative sessions, so there may still be some unpleasant news in the coming months. But so far, the advocates of unreason aren’t doing very well in the legislation arena.

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One response to “Missouri Creationism Bill Goes Extinct

  1. Wow, dismal year for antievolution bills! Great to hear.