This is a brief follow-up to a touching story we’ve been writing about. Our last post on this topic was The Little Girl and the Creationists, Part 2. The next indented paragraph provides background information, which most of you can skip:
Eight-year-old Olivia McConnell thought South Carolina should have a state fossil, so she wrote letters to her state representative and state senator, and they introduced a bill to do as she suggested. That was very nice, but then the creationists, like Senators Mike Fair and Kevin Bryant, seized the opportunity to distort the little girl’s suggestion into a mystical mess. They proposed amendments, adding chunks of Genesis to the bill.
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) tells the conclusion of the tale at their website, A mammoth victory in South Carolina, which you should read it its entirety. Briefly they say:
The Columbian mammoth is now the official state fossil of South Carolina after Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 4482 into law on May 16, 2014 — and there was no mention of the Sixth Day of Creation.
It’s a happy ending! And it illustrates an important point: Creationist politicians — some of them — can be shamed into behaving like decent humans. Sometimes.
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