It was only a few days ago that we wrote Strange Creationist Bill in South Dakota, about one of those “controversial issues” resolutions — the newest creationist fad that seems to be popping up all over the place.
But today that state has one of the traditional creationist bills. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted this: Antiscience legislation in South Dakota. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
South Dakota’s House Bill 1270, which would allow the misrepresentation of science in the classroom, was introduced on January 30, 2019.
The bill’s language is brief and deceptively simple:
Ah yes, “strengths and weaknesses.” Typical creationist nonsense — see Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. As we said there, the only “weakness” of evolution is that it doesn’t rely on Oogity Boogity.
NCSE mentions similar bills that have been introduced in the South Dakota legislature in prior years. The most recent one was defeated in 2017 — see South Dakota’s 2017 Creationism Bill — Dead.
The new bill has eleven sponsors, two of whom are members of the state Senate. We’ve never seen Senators sponsor a House bill before. The bill lists the sponsors in this order, House members first: Tony Randolph, Drew Dennert, Julie Frye-Mueller, Taffy Howard, Chris P. Johnson, Steve Livermont, Sam Marty, Sue Peterson, Nancy Rasmussen, and then the two Senators: Senator Phil Jensen, and Senator Lynne DiSanto.
Obviously, all eleven of them are idiots, but NCSE points out that seven of those eleven are also sponsors of South Dakota’s creationist resolution that we wrote about last week. We’ll have to regard them as super idiots.
Here’s a link for following the progress of the bill: House Bill 1270. As of today, it’s just sitting in the House Education committee. The South Dakota legislature convened on 08 January, and will adjourn on 29 March. We’ll be keeping you advised, so stay tuned to this blog.
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