Creationism bill dies in Alabama

04.02.2018

Alabama's House Bill 258, which would have allowed teachers to present "the theory of creation as presented in the Bible" in any class discussing evolution, "thereby affording students a choice as to which theory to accept," died in committee on March 29, 2018, when the legislature adjourned sine die.

As NCSE previously reported, HB 258 is evidently modeled on a Kentucky law, Kentucky Revised Statutes 158.177 (PDF), enacted in 1976 and still on the books despite its patent unconstitutionality. The sole sponsor of the Alabama bill was Steve Hurst (R-District 35), a legislator noteworthy for his previous proposals to require public school teachers to read a daily prayer in the classroom and to punish sex offenders with surgical or chemical castration. 

Writing at PLoS's SciComm blog (February 19, 2018), Amanda Glaze  a native of Alabama now teaching at Georgia Southern University  decried HB 258, arguing, "Legislation that conflates empirical scientific evidence with evidence derived from religious texts can seriously harm efforts to improve science literacy."