At the start of February we informed you about the New Mexico Creationism Bill for 2011. Fortunately for the citizens of that state, they have a very short legislative session, and this year’s adjournment date has now passed.
We were interested in HOUSE BILL 302, a fairly typical “academic freedom” bill designed to encourage creationism in science class. With this link to track the progress of House Bill 302, you can see that it went nowhere.
The bill was introduced by Representative Thomas A. Anderson – (R). As we posted here, New Mexico Creationism Bill in Trouble?, a controversy developed over whether the bill was Anderson’s handiwork or had been prepared by some local group of Discovery Institute puppets. It doesn’t matter, really; Anderson is a creationist and that says it all.
It’s easy to predict that if Anderson is back in the legislature the next time they’re in session he’ll attempt another creationism bill. People like that are incurable.
There are still some other states with such bills pending in their legislatures. We’re watching them.
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