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.