Reader Barry called my attention to a piece on yesterday’s Raw Story that, for once, gives good news. You may remember the kerfuffle in South Carolina about making the wooly mammoth the state fossil. That suggestion, which came from an eight-year-old girl, Olivia McConnell, riled up some creationist legislators, and though the legislature voted to adopt the fossil, they insisted on inserting creationist language into the bill, to wit:
The Raw Story reprises Rachel Maddow’s report on the fossil:
It passed the state House, said Maddow, “But then it turned out that this fairly harmless, fairly adorable official state fossil bill just didn’t sit right with some members of the South Carolina state Senate.”
One tried to block the state from naming any further state symbols, another said that the bill should go forward, but should include verses from the book of Genesis from the Christian Bible.
Including the Creationist language, Maddow said, invalidates the whole exercise.
“Behold our official state thing that we don’t believe in!” she quipped.
The rewritten bill stalled out in the state House and now, conservative lawmakers have finally agreed to strike the Biblical and Creationist lines from the bill altogether.
“Good work, Olivia,” concluded Maddow. “You’re almost there.”
Well, the governor still has to sign it, but I’m hopeful.
Here’s Maddow’s 3.25-minute report. I love that woman—and Olivia too!