SORRY, creationists, but it’s all over in South Carolina — at least for this year. We posted a few days ago that the end was nigh. See South Carolina, Going, Going …. At that time we said pretty much all there was to say about the situation, but now that the legislature has adjourned, we can add that it’s official.
There’s not much else 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 bills die in South Carolina.
We are pleased to report that so far, this has been a brutal year for the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). They’ve spent millions promoting creationist legislation and have very little to show for it. Anti-science, pro-creationism bills have failed in Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and now in South Carolina. No others are currently pending.
While the Discoveroids have been suffering defeats, this has been a good time for advocates of science and opponents of theocracy. The only state legislative setback in recent years was in Louisiana, back in 2008. That state has pretty much disappeared over the edge of the flat earth, and it hasn’t been seen since.
[Update: For a striking comparison of the Louisiana creationism bill, which passed, and one of the South Carolina bills, which failed, see Barbara Forrest’s excellent post: The South Carolina bill is dead — Louisiana . . . still . . . NUMBER ONE!!]
There have been a few local school board flare-ups, but no such creationist initiatives have amounted to anything since the Discoveroids’ courtroom catastrophe in Dover — Intelligent Design’s Waterloo. Well, there’s Texas — but even there, recent school board primary elections offer some hope for a restoration of reason. That, however, is another story.
As for the rest of the U.S., it pleases us to report that the torch of the Enlightenment, although it’s sputtering furiously due to a variety of reasons, is still lit. It may yet be restored to its former brilliance. Crushing the creationists’ political ambitions is an important step in that direction.
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