Montana Creationism: A Bill for 2013

It’s a bit early to start worrying about next year’s legislative battles, but in some states the creationists are already making preparations.

Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) are reporting that there’s an “Intelligent design” bill expected in Montana. Montana? The only time we wrote about that state was back in 2009 — see Montana Creationists Gone Wild!

According to NCSE:

A Montana legislator is preparing a bill to require the teaching of “intelligent design” along with evolution. On November 5, 2012, Clayton Fiscus (R-District 46), a new member of the Montana House of Representatives, asked for a bill to be drafted that would “[r]equire public schools to teach intelligent design along with evolution.”

Ah, Fiscus is a new member of the legislature. This year the legislature met from 24 January to 09 May. We can’t find the session dates for 2013, but it’s obvious that they haven’t even convened yet and the guy’s already getting his creationism bill drafted. He’s got his priorities straight!

NCSE provided this link to the legislature, where Fiscus’ bill request is described. All it says is that drafting is in process, and the title is “Require public schools to teach intelligent design along with evolution.” The transmittal date is 14 February 2013, so we won’t have much to say about this thing for a few more months.

What else can we tell you? Well, we found the Clayton Fiscus Campaign website. None of its links seem to work. Nice picture of him and his dog.

We also found this in the Billings Gazette: Clayton Fiscus, which gives us some background information. He’s a Republican, he lives in Billings, Montana, he’s 75 years old, and he’s a high school graduate who served four years in the Navy. For the last 35 years he’s been been a self-employed broker and the owner of Fiscus Realty. For two years before that he was a real estate salesman, and for ten years before that he was a construction foreman and lineman.

We can’t find anything else about Mr. Fiscus or his creationism bill, but don’t worry — we have plenty of time to become acquainted.

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15 responses to “Montana Creationism: A Bill for 2013

  1. Ceteris Paribus

    For a minute I thought the name was “Ficus” and the honorable legislator was a respectable member of the fig genus.

    But words ending in -us often are Latin for something or other. So I looked up Fiscus:

    fiscus, fiscī
    FASC-
    noun (m., 2nd declension)

    1. [properly] a woven-basket
    2. hence, a money-basket, money-bag, purse
    3. the public chest, state treasury, public revenues
    4. the imperial treasury, emperor’s privy purse (cf. aerarium, the public treasury)

    So the gentleman is not a fig, but a certified basket case.

  2. Now that’s an invidious caricature if I ever saw one. Nicely done!

    I think his web page needs more wavy-flag GIFs, at least they do something.

  3. I hope he didn’t pay much for the web page design. If he’s as committed to consistency as the webpage he’s using for a front indicates, he should make a mess of whatever he touches. There is no excuse for such shoddy work from a canned product like frontpage 5.

  4. But there is nothing to teach regarding ID. It does not even qualify as a scientific theory, there is no data to support it, and there is no research to support it. It just amounts to anti-evolution negativity. So will they venerate Phillip Johnson as the great “scientist’ that proposed ID as being on par with Newton, Einstein, Maxwell, et. al?

  5. David K wrote:

    But there is nothing to teach regarding ID. It does not even qualify as a scientific theory, there is no data to support it, and there is no research to support it. It just amounts to anti-evolution negativity. So will they venerate Phillip Johnson as the great “scientist’ that proposed ID as being on par with Newton, Einstein, Maxwell, et. al?

    If you really think that then go over to Evo Snooze and Whine and read the latest oeuve du merde from Kasey “The Gerb” Lusquin-Hoffer which will Set You Straight. You see, according to the Gerb, Science and ID are over here and non-science is on the other side of a squiggly line over there. Yes, indeed, according to non-Dr. Gerb there is a squiggly line. You can see it if you drink a quart of tequila and squint at the sun for 30 minutes.

    It’s twue.

  6. docbill1351‘s recipe drink a quart of tequila and squint at the sun for 30 minutes. omits the customary admonition:

    Discoveroids are trained and professional KoolAid Drinkers.
    Children: Don’t try this at home!

  7. And I, in turn, have omitted an even more important admonition:

    Children! Don’t let anyone make you do this at school!

  8. @DavidK –

    It doesn’t count as a theory. No need to specify scientific. It doesn’t make an attempt to explain anything, or tell us why this rather than something else. What sort of thing (even imaginary or hypothetical or impossible) might not be called “intelligently designed”?
    The best descriptive of it might be slogan in an advertising campaign.

  9. Ceteris Paribus

    @TA: Thanks for the invidious complement, I think. Actually “Ceteris Invidious” has a sort of ring to it. And, all else being equal, I would gladly consider Ceteris Invidious as a personal “nom de guerre” as it were. But the invidious declensions required make my brain hurt. I wish I were not in a subjunctive mood so often.

  10. @CP: You could always go for the Sith (Star Wars) approach and add “Darth” to your name. You could beDarth Paribus.

  11. Ceteris Paribus

    @TA: I dunno. There is an internet rumor circulating that some Class Three servant droid named “Princess Olivia” has a new thing for someone named “Darth”, and I wouldn’t want to get caught up in some kind of intergalactic invidiousness by mistake.

  12. Ceteris Paribus, don’t even joke about Olivia being with anyone other than me.

  13. Ceteris Paribus

    Sorry TC, no harm intended. I was only referring to the droid version, not the real Olivia of course. Any others who might think they have the real Olivia will discover that theirs has either the old style inflation valve on the shoulder, or metallic contacts at the battery recharge socket.

  14. So that’s where all these rumors about a mysterious Darth Sensuous are coming from. And nice moves Curmie!

  15. I come from a family (mother’s side) of real estate agents, developers etc. Not much science knowledge required in that profession. I wonder what science this man has read. My dad’s side of the family are engineers. And no creationists thank goodness on that side.