South Dakota Anti-Evolution Legislation Gets Through Senate Education Committee

Science denial isn’t just coming from the White House.

SB 55, the bill in South Dakota intended to weaken the teaching of evolution, just passed through the Senate Education Committee on a 4-3 vote.

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The bill would allow teachers to discuss the “strengths and weaknesses of scientific information” — which is really just code for teaching things like climate change denial and Intelligent Design.

A similar bill, also proposed by State Senator Jeff Monroe, was scrapped in 2014 because he explicitly pushed for the teaching of Intelligent Design. The current bill uses the euphemism instead.

SB 55 now heads to the full Senate, where Republicans have a 27-8 super-majority. Given that they have a majority in the House and have a GOP governor, there’s virtually nothing from stopping this bill from becoming a law… except a lawsuit once it’s passed.

(via National Center for Science Education. Image via Shutterstock)

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