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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