South Carolina’s 2019 Creationist Bill — It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

Remember that crazy creationist bill we wrote about in South Carolina Creationist Bill for 2019? It was completely insane, requiring creationism in public schools, and authorizing school credit for off-campus religious training at church facilities during the school week.

The legislative geniuses responsible for this idiocy were Dwight A. Loftis, a retired insurance agent, and James Mikell “Mike” Burn, a “businessman” who is a Member, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Trustee and Treasurer at Enoree Baptist Church.

Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have just posted the latest news: Creation science bill in South Carolina dies. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

South Carolina’s House Bill 3826, which would, if enacted, allowed public school districts to offer elective courses on religion — and to “require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science[,] as part of the course content” — died in the House Committee on Education and Public Works on April 10, 2019, when a deadline for bills to pass their house of origin expired.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The thing never went anywhere. It just died in committee. Here’s a link for following the progress of House Bill 3826. As of today, it’s still where it was back in February — sitting in the House Committee on Education and Public Works. There’s no mention of that deadline NCSE referred to, but they know what they’re talking about. If they say it’s dead, then it’s dead.

There’s not much else in NCSE’s article, so that’s the news from South Carolina — and it’s good news! Well, the two creationists who sponsored the bill probably don’t think so, but we expect to disagree with them.

Most of this year’s creationist bills have already died, but there’s still something pending in Florida. We’ll keep you advised.

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7 responses to “South Carolina’s 2019 Creationist Bill — It’s Dead

  1. The reference to creation science in Indiana’s Senate Bill 373 was removed by the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development before it voted, 8-2, to pass the bill on February 20, 2019.

  2. Thanks, Glenn. I had noticed your news about the Indiana bill on 22 Feb, but all I did was mention it in an addendum to my original post. So it’s been accurate all along, even if my memory isn’t.

  3. Dave Luckett

    I am not quite sure what the term “died in committee” means, when referring to bills proposed to a US State Legislature (or, for that matter, the Federal Legislature). I understand that it does not mean that any vote was ever taken on it by the committee examining the proposal, but does it mean that they actually considered it and decided not to vote on it, or does it mean that the committee simply ignored it altogether?

  4. @Dave Luckett
    As no one has answered, I’ll try to explain. Each legislature has differences, but the general idea is someting like this:
    A member of the legislature introduces a bill.
    The bill is referred to an appropriate committee.
    The cmmitttee does whatever it likes, rewording the bill, ignoring it, whatever.
    BTW, a difference in terminology in the USA. To “table” something is to officially ignore it – no vote or other action will be taken on it.
    If they do not ignore it, they can eventually vote on it, whether to pass it back to the whole legislature.
    If the cimmittee passes a bill back to the whole legislature, then the whole legislature can work on the bill, amending it, ignoring it, whatever.
    If the whole legislature passes the bill, it is referred to the other house, which then does the same thing, includng changing it, ignoring it, or passing it.
    If the bill passes both houses, then it goes to the executive, who can approve (sign) it, or reject (veto) it.
    If it is signed, then it is law.
    If it is vetoed, then the two houses of legislature have the opportunity to approve the bill by a supermajority. If they both do pass it with the supermaority, it becomes law without the executive approval.
    In each step, there are complications, but I think that this is the general idea.

  5. Eddie Janssen

    Dear Curmudgeon,

    maybe you should dedicate a Free Fire Zone to the best possible Creationist Bill that anyone of us can come up with. Extra points for those who present a strategy that will succeed in getting the Bill accepted.

  6. Strategy is simple.
    1. Coup d’Etat.
    2. Issue a decree, call it Bill.
    3. Send the army to every school and teacher who explains Evilution Theory.

  7. Dave Luckett

    TomS, thank you. So AIUI, we are not to know whether the committee ever gave this proposal a moment’s thought?