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Continuing fun with South Carolina mammoth politics

Do you remember that South Carolina child's attempt to make the woolly mammoth the state fossil of South Carolina? And how it sounded like it might get derailed because state legislators wanted to mention that the woolly mammoth was made by the Christian God? Of course you do, it was on the ODeck and on the frontpage.

Well, the good news is that the woolly mammoth is on track to becoming South Carolina's state fossil, because the Senate passed the bill! The bad news...

The Columbian Mammoth, which was created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field, is designated as the official State Fossil of South Carolina and must be officially referred to as the 'Columbian Mammoth', which was created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field."


I got three major beefs with that.

1) The Columbian mammoth is not the same thing as the woolly mammoth. Somewhere in the process of this bill's movement through the legislature, it changed from designating the woolly mammoth as South Carolina's state fossil to the Columbian mammoth. Looking around online, I can't see any evidence one way or the other on which mammoth the 1725 fossil was of. A woolly mammoth from South Carolina is not outside of their known spatial range, so maybe it was a woolly. I'm not sure.

2) From my understanding of young-earth creationist sedimentary chronology, fossils preserved in sediments above what secular scientists would call the K-Pg (Cretaceous-Paleogene) boundary are fossils that were deposited after the Flood. Mammoth species only show up in sediments above the K-Pg, because mammoths were derived from an unknown proboscidean ancestral kind (or baramin, to use the technical term) which was on the Ark. So the woolly and Columbian mammoth weren't "created on the Sixth Day", they evolved (but not in that Darwinian manner!!!) after the Flood. According to recent research published by Answers in Genesis, the Flood ended around 2350 BCE, and woolly mammoths aren't known from fossils any older than 2210 BCE. Woolly mammoths evolved sometime in those 140 years.

3) Oh wait sorry I buried the lede here. A state government is not supposed to endorse any one particular creation myth, so a bill discussing the creation myth written by Hebrews less than four thousand years ago is probably violating some constitutional something-or-other, and would probably be a really dumb thing for any Governor to sign.


On Friday, Senator Kevin Bryant gave a glorious interview with the CBC. In it, he showed no recognition of young-Earth creationist research stating that the woolly mammoth was not created during the Creation Week. Sadly, the interviewer kept referring to the woolly mammoth as a dinosaur, which is about as bad as claiming it was created during the Creation Week.

CBC interviewer Carol Off: "So this is based on your belief that dinosaurs and humans were created on the same day?"
State Senator Kevin Bryant: "Yes."


Kevin Bryant, in the interview, also happily blames atheists and evolutionists for schools teaching that dinosaurs and humans didn't live at the same time. Senator Bryant, apparently, is ignorant that Christian pre-evolutionary geologists in the 1800s made that claim.

Interestingly, the Senator also makes sure to mention that his personal, but not government, position on what 8-year olds should think is that the Bible is literally true. If he's worried about government officials telling children that the Bible is literally true, maybe he should stop this Senate bill claiming the Bible is literally true.

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