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.
Copyright © 2012. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.