The state of South Dakota enjoyed the weird distinction of having three creationist bills presented in its legislature this year.
We wrote about the first one in Strange Creationist Bill in South Dakota. When it died quietly by being withdrawn by its chief sponsor, we didn’t post about the news — we just added an addendum to our original post.
We somehow didn’t write about their third creationist bill — one of those “controversial issues” jobs — until it was already dead. See South Dakota’s Third 2019 Creationism Bill — Dead.
And that beings us to their second bill — about which we wrote: South Dakota Has Another One for 2019. It was one of those “strengths and weaknesses.” jobs, and it was the last bill remaining of the three that had been introduced.
Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted this: Antiscience legislation in South Dakota defeated. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
South Dakota’s House Bill 1270, which would have allowed the misrepresentation of science in the public school classroom, was rejected by the House of Representatives on a 21-46-3 vote on February 25, 2019. [Those mystery 3 were “excused.”]
[T]he two proponents of the bill speaking before the House Education Committee in favor of the bill cited global warming, the Big Bang, “unguided evolution,” and the origin of life as topics of particular concern.
The bill’s sponsors wanted to point out the weaknesses of all that ungodly stuff, and still the House voted against the bill. Shocking.
Hey — we found a newspaper story about this. It’s in the Aberdeen News of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Their headline is SD House nixes bill to teach ‘both sides’ of scientific theories. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
South Dakota lawmakers on Monday killed a bill that would allow public school teachers to instruct on “both sides” of scientific theories, such as evolution and climate change. Proponents of the bill argued that it was meant to foster students’ freedom to think critically and question scientific theories widely accepted by the scientific community.
Ah yes, “both sides.” The newspaper continues:
Rep. Isaac Latterell, R-Tea, said the bill wasn’t about promoting religious beliefs in schools but “protect(ing) teachers who want to do their students justice.”
They always say that. Let’s read on:
“In our day and age, we do have radical leftists who want to win the arguments of the day by squelching debate, by squelching analysis,” Latterell said. “That’s not American. In America, wherever we are on the political spectrum … we want to hear all information. We want to hear all of the objective scientific info to make up our own minds.”
Okay, that’s enough. Oh wait — one more excerpt:
The House ultimately voted down House Bill 1270 by a 46-21 vote, with legislators saying that curriculum should be left to school boards to decide.
We’re not sure what that means, and we have no idea what gets taught in South Dakota, but at least they haven’t passed any obviously creationist bills. Not yet.
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