Creation science bill in South Carolina dies

04.12.2019

South Carolina's House Bill 3826, which would, if enacted, have allowed 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" — died in the House Committee on Education and Public Works on April 10, 2019, when a deadline for bills to pass their house of origin expired.

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), as NCSE previously observed. HB 3826 was sponsored by Dwight A. Loftis (R-District 19) and James Mikell "Mike" Burns (R-District 17).