Creation science bill in South Carolina

02.06.2019

South Carolina's House Bill 3826 would, if enacted, allow public school districts to offer elective courses on religion — and to "require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science[,] as part of the course content."

The teaching of creation science in the public schools was ruled to be unconstitutional — a violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause — by a federal court in McLean v. Arkansas (1982) and by the Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987).

The bill, which would also require display of "In God We Trust" in classrooms, was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Education and Public Works on January 31, 2019. Its sponsors are Dwight A. Loftis (R-District 19) and James Mikell "Mike" Burns (R-District 17).