South Carolina’s Official State Fossil Represents an Animal ‘Created on the Sixth Day,’ Says Amendment to the Bill

I thought this story was over. It’s clearly not.

A quick recap: Earlier this year, a third grader wrote to her state representatives asking them to make the Wooly Mammoth South Carolina’s official state fossil.

After a couple of holdups, it looked like there were no objections and the bill would go through… but the version of the bill that looks like it’ll be signed into law contains a ridiculous amendment:

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Welcome to the Creation Museum

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A.C. Grayling: Telling Schoolchildren That the Creation Museum Teaches Facts May Be a ‘Human Rights Crime’

During a recent speech at the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Student Societies 2014 Convention, philosopher A.C. Grayling went on a tangent from his talk about Humanism to discuss the Creation Museum (19:10 mark):

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This Conservative Thinks the Left Has an Unnecessary ‘Obsession’ with Creationism. Here’s Why He’s Completely Wrong

David French, a conservative commenter who also blogs here at Patheos, thinks we (“the secular Left”) pay waaaaaay too much attention to Creationists:

I look at this obsession as a symbol of leftist ignorance of Evangelical culture. Yes, if you ask most Evangelicals what they believe about the age of the earth and the origin of the universe, they’re going to side with the more literal interpretation of the Genesis story. But I would describe this as a “soft” or low-priority belief. Whether the Earth is a few thousand years old or several billion isn’t fundamental to their understanding of the Bible, the world, or their faith. It’s simply their default position.

French thinks we should ignore Creationism because most Christians just don’t think very much about it. But there are many, many problems with that:

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After Blocking Child’s Attempt to Make the Wooly Mammoth South Carolina’s State Fossil, Senator Withdraws Objection

Last week, I told you about how third grader Olivia McConnell wrote to her state representatives earlier this year with a request: South Carolina didn’t have an official state fossil, so could the Wooly Mammoth claim that title? … Olivia gave her reasons: 1. One of the first discoveries of a vertebrae fossil in North [Read More...]