Alabama’s 2018 Creationist Bill — It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

In mid January we wrote Alabama’s 2018 Creationist Bill, about a hard-core creationist bill that would allow public school teachers to teach “the theory of creation as presented in the Bible” in any class discussing evolution.

Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted Creationism bill dies in Alabama. Here are some excerpts:

Alabama’s House Bill 258, which would have allowed teachers to present “the theory of creation as presented in the Bible” in any class discussing evolution, “thereby affording students a choice as to which theory to accept,” died in committee on March 29, 2018, when the legislature adjourned sine die.

The bill’s only sponsor was Steve Hurst, a high school graduate. Here’s his campaign website. NCSE informs us that he is:

a legislator noteworthy for his previous proposals to require public school teachers to read a daily prayer in the classroom and to punish sex offenders with surgical or chemical castration.

Our earlier post gave you a link for finding the status of his bill — go here. Then you need to roam around and click on “Find Status of a Bill,” then enter HB258 and click on that. It says: “Current Status: Pending Committee Action in House of Origin. Current Body: House.” In other words, the legislature hasn’t updated anything since our earlier post. However, their home page says: “The House has Adjourned Sine Die. The Senate has Adjourned Sine Die.”

For those who don’t know, Wikipedia informs us: Adjournment sine die means: “A legislative body adjourns sine die [Latin for ‘without day’] when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to appear or assemble again.” In other words, the state’s 2018 legislative session has ended.

There’s probably much weeping and wailing in Alabama. Their big chance to save a generation of children from the evils of evolution has slipped away from them. Now they face the inevitable result: more school shootings, teen pregnancy, and all the other horrors that godless Darwinism has unleashed upon us. But there’s always hope. We’ll see what happens next year.

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4 responses to “Alabama’s 2018 Creationist Bill — It’s Dead

  1. Michael Fugate

    I am left wondering, if these elected officials believe that by their prayers their god is helping them do their jobs, how idiotic their actions would be if the smartest being in and out of the universe weren’t helping them? Does this mean that some are beyond help or that their god isn’t all it is made out to be? More questions than answer.

  2. The failure of Rep. Steve Hurst’s bill was not unexpected.

    I don’t know the story behind Hurst’s involvement with that, but I have recently been involved, to some extent, with Steve Hurst and some of the issues he has been dealing with in Alabama.

    There was a movement, or at least a few people, trying to get him to get involved in the “Baby Holm” case I have been following for a little over a year.

    They, supposedly, thought he would/could just make a call to Alabama’s DHR and tell them to “let the baby go”.

    That didn’t happen, and apparently, to his credit, Steve Hurst, maybe with a little help from me, saw through that scam and declined to offer his support to the baby’s parents and their promoters.

    Also, at or around November 2017 Hurst’s grand-daughter was assaulted by a boyfriend at a concert and there were subsequent events that led to involvement by Hurst and the girl’s parents that led anti-vaxx activist (among other activist activities) Sherrie Saunders to accuse him of being involved in a conspiracy to commit murder. The local tough guy who assaulted Hurst’s granddaughter has quite a history and since the incident with Hurst’s granddaughter he was in the news for, allegedly, committing a terrorist act at a child care center when he was refused access to his daughter (a protective order appears to have been in effect). All of that continues to be playing out without much public scrutiny.

    Despite some disagreement with Hurst on what ought to be done about “creationism”, Hurst seems to have a pretty good reputation and record as far as representing the people in his district. I think he’s clearly on the right side of the Baby Holm case and has been falsely accused by wannabe Sherrie Saunders.

  3. When I do a search (DuckDuckGo these days, not Google) on “Baby Holm case”, I get a page full of what look like hysterical conspiracy theory sites. Where can I find a decent link?

    Unless we get a Supreme Court dominated by Pence nominees, bills like Hurst’s can’t do very much direct harm. They are so blatantly unconstitutional that even the Alabama Legislature would never pass them, but obviously no one in Alabama is so wicked as to deny the authority of the Bible, and so such bills will always be allowed to die in committee without a vote, having meantime testified to godliness of their promoters

  4. bewilderbeast

    @Paul Braterman – Yay! Use DuckDuckGo or use
    Don’t use google, people. There are other search engines who only want to help you search, not ‘control the internet’.