Indiana’s 2013 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

After a few bizarre false starts, as we reported in Indiana Creationism: Strange Developments, Indiana finally got itself a creationism bill for 2013. It was filed by House Republican Jeff Thompson.

Thompson’s bill is House Bill 1283, which was referred to Committee on Education.

The bill was yet another of those anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism bills modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. We’ve already critiqued their model bill (and explained how to defeat it) here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reports Antiscience bill dies in Indiana. They say:

Indiana’s House Bill 1283 died on February 25, 2013, when the deadline for House bills to have their third reading in the House passed.

How very sad for the Discoveroids. NCSE also tells us:

The fate of the bill was not unexpected: its sponsor Jeff Thompson (R-District 28) told the Indianapolis Star (February 3, 2013) that he thought that it would not receive a hearing in the House Education Committee, and a spokesperson for the committee’s chair said that it would not receive a hearing due to the volume of bills and the limited time to address them.

/*Creationist mode*\ This is an outrage! [Snort! Growl! Grumble!] How could anything possibly be more important than creationism? /*End creationist mode*\

This is the third creationist bill to bite the dust this week. The way these things are dropping, it’s starting to look like a mass extinction event. Did a meteorite strike Seattle when we weren’t looking? If the Discoveroids weren’t wiped out, they must all be in shock. Your compassionate Curmudgeon feels their pain.

But let’s not become over-optimistic. There are a few more creationism bills that are still pending here and there. The game isn’t over. Besides, these legislators are incurably stupid; they keep doing the same thing year after year. It’s a guarantee of rapture.

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One response to “Indiana’s 2013 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead

  1. Well, that’s certainly good news. Let’s hope now that the Indiana Supreme Court is apolitical enough to find Indiana’s voucher law unconstitutional.