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Feb 25 2012

Creationism Bills Dying Around the Country

The Republican leader of the Indiana House of Representatives has, as expected, killed off a bill passed by the Senate that would have allowed local schools to teach creationism in science classrooms as long as they taught a whole bunch of different religious myths.

Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma has killed a Senate bill that would allow creationism and evolution to be taught together in science classes. The bill was referred to the House Rules committee, a procedural move that essentially ensures the legislation will not be heard during the 2012 session.

The Republican speaker had concerns about possible legal challenges to the bill and was hesitant to allow the bill to become law given the time and expense a prolonged legal battle would likely produce.

“I felt, given the fact that we have a U.S. Supreme Court case that appears to me to be directly on point, that this is a fight that really should not be fought at this point,” Bosma said Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star. “It looked to me to be buying a lawsuit when the state can ill afford it.”

Of course, the state would not be the ones getting sued and paying the cost; local schools would have done so.

In New Hampshire, two creationist bills also appear to have died in the legislature after the House Education Committee voted them down.

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  1. 1
    otrame

    The purpose of these bills wasn’t to get them passed, it was to get the sponsors reelected. “I tried, my friends, and the evil atheist conspiracy defeated me. Send me more money. Send me back to the legislature and I will keep trying to save this country for Jesus.”

  2. 2
    gushinrich

    Good. SOMEBODY is coming to their senses.

    Maybe it’s a trend…

    Nah.

  3. 3
    Chiroptera

    Huh. They must be conserving their resources to fight the real evil destroying this country: women’s health care!

  4. 4
    Ace of Sevens

    It’s more fun to claim the public schools are part of a government conspiracy to destroy Christianity anyway. Don’t want to wreck to that.

  5. 5
    Phillip IV

    I think the GOP is still a long way off from a return to anything even resembling sanity, but off lately there have been a few baby steps – some of the younger (i.e. younger than 60) GOP officeholders seem to have started hedging their bets: they’re not going to publicly jump off the crazy train just yet, but perhaps they’re trying to avoid getting involved in things that are so monumentally stupid that they could sink a career ten years down the road. The older ones will probably try to surf the freak wave for another decade, and then just retire when having pushed legislation like this has become a dealbreaker with the public (above the local level, at least).

    They’re also a few GOP deserters from the renewed push for anti-gay-marriage amendments, I could imagine the calculation behind that being similar – being a co-sponsor on something like that might (possibly, hopefully) no longer look very good on your c.v. in 2022. (Naturally, some of those desertions might also be honest conviction.)

  6. 6
    hunter

    They’re (“they” meaning the rabid theocratic element) starting to lose on their issues, not only in the activist, secular courts but in the legislatures. This year we’ll see if they’re starting to lose at the polls, with marriage referendums in four or five states.

    But they won’t stop trying, because they serve a higher truth.

  7. 7
    wheatdogg

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  8. 8
    raven

    It’s just a tribal ritual of the fundies.

    Eery year they have to introduce bills to:

    Mandate creationism in the schools

    Mandate organized prayer in the schools

    Outlaw abortion

    Outlaw contraception and defund Planned Parenthood

    Claim the Girl Scouts are feminist commie Nazis

    Declare one year, week, month or day State Bible Time Period, whatever that means

  9. 9
    raven

    Bob Morris Indiana Christofascist rep:

    Many parents are abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles. In fact, the Girl Scouts education seminar girls are directed to study the example of role models. Of the fifty role models listed, only three have a briefly-mentioned religious background – all the rest are feminists, lesbians, or Communists. World Net Daily, in a May 2009 article, states that Girl Scout Troops are no longer allowed to pray or sing traditional Christmas Carols.

    I’m sure most people have seen this.

    Most of what he said about the Girl Scouts is simply fundie xian lies. He even quotes World Nut Daily, a continual source of lies and hate.

    It’s just fundie xian witch hunting. There are always alleged witches around. Anyone can be an alleged witch.

    The fundies really don’t like women or girls who aren’t barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen. Must be afraid they might have to open their own beer can or something. It’s astounding how often their targets are female.

  10. 10
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    “There are always alleged witches around. Anyone can be an alleged witch.” QFT.

  11. 11
    llewelly

    Many parents are abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles. In fact, the Girl Scouts education seminar girls are directed to study the example of role models. Of the fifty role models listed, only three have a briefly-mentioned religious background – all the rest are feminists, lesbians, or Communists

    There you have it, folks. The conviction that women are people is a “homosexual lifestyle”.

  12. 12
    Chiroptera

    raven, #9: World Net Daily, in a May 2009 article, states that Girl Scout Troops are no longer allowed to pray or sing traditional Christmas Carols.

    Heh. Leaving aside the question whether this is even accurate, weren’t these the nuts who were pointing out that the Boy Scouts are a private organization, have long had a traditional place in American life, and that critics of their discrimination against gays and atheists should shut up?

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