Indiana’s 2012 Creationism Bill: It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

The creationism bill we’ve been writing about, e.g. here: Indiana Creationism Bill Passes in Senate, seems headed for oblivion.

In the Post-Tribune of Merrillville, Indiana we read Bill to teach creationism in schools being shelved. It’s a very brief article, the guts of which says, with bold font added by us:

The leader of the Indiana House is shelving a bill that would have specifically allowed public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science classes.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is using a procedural move to kill the proposal for this legislative session.


Bosma said Tuesday that he considered the proposal a lawsuit waiting to happen because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled before against public schools teaching creationism.

The text of the bill, as amended, can be seen here: SENATE BILL No. 89. It would add a new section to an existing statute. The proposed new provision says:

Sec. 18. The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life. The curriculum for the course must include theories from multiple religions, which may include, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Scientology.

The House’s action is not yet reflected at the legislature’s page where you can check the bill’s status: Status of Senate Bill 0089. Presumably this development will show up tomorrow.

We note that it’s a Republican who is killing the bill. It’s nice to know that the GOP isn’t entirely crazed.

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8 responses to “Indiana’s 2012 Creationism Bill: It’s Dead

  1. Well… guess there is at least one intelligent person in Indiana’s senate.

  2. My suspicion has been this was an election year ploy. Now a bunch of Indiana state Senators can go to their creationist constituents and claim they at least tried.

    The GOP House leader is probably in a very safe district.

  3. The excuse or reason he gave for killing the bill is
    close to being satisfactory to me. Much better if he had
    said it was an idiot’s bill or something to that effect.

    Remember, we already have 4 Retalibans on the Supreme
    court. Wouldn’t surprise me if they did not follow past court
    rulings on teaching creationism. They would be willing to
    insert a wedge.

    Eminent Domain sure didn’t mean much. They dashed
    any hope of getting rational gun control, too.

  4. Please send your congratulations to Indiana Senator Vi Simpson who amended the bill to include Scientology. It was a brilliant move that completely went over the heads of the stupid creationists.

    Apparently, teaching the kids about Xenu and the Thetans was too much even for the Republicans.

    Well done, Vi, nicely played.

  5. “We note that it’s a Republican who is killing the bill.”

    He was against it not because teaching magic is stupid. He was against it because even Republican theocrats can figure out the legal bills to defend this idiocy would be too expensive.

  6. Human Ape: “He was against it not because teaching magic is stupid. He was against it because even Republican theocrats can figure out the legal bills to defend this idiocy would be too expensive.”

    Right things often happen for the wrong reason, but to be fair do we know that this guy is a “theocrat”? I realize that nearly all politicians (Dem or Rep) are “theocrats” in the sense of seeing themselves as God, but in the strict sense of the word, probably only a minority of Republican politicians are theocrats. Unfortunately if you add the ones that pander to their theocratic constitutents, it becomes a majority. It’s so bad that the ones who don’t pander say things like Huntsman’s pathetic “call me crazy.”

  7. “Kruse [the author of the original bill] says he plans to bring the concept back in future sessions, but he plans to use different language that he hopes will be acceptable to more legislators.”

  8. Frank J asks, “…but to be fair do we know that this guy is a “theocrat”?”

    I’d say so. Brian Bosma, while Speaker of the Indiana House, fought very hard to maintain the tradition of beginning each day’s legislative proceedings with a very specifically Christian prayer, even though the Ind. Supreme Court had found the practice unconstitutional.

    When they could no longer lead an “official prayer”, the interested legislators began meeting each morning in the back of the house chamber for a daily prayer session — led by Speaker Bosma.

    This all happened a few years ago in a previous term as speaker. Control of the Indiana House has been ping-ponging between the Republicans and the Democrats for some time now. When Bosma isn’t speaker, Dem. Pat Bauer is. Between the two of them, Bauer comes across as being more partisan. He’s certainly more abrasive. (Not to mention the fact that he wears the most ridiculous-looking wig, but that’s another story.)