Washington State Creationist Wants to Legalize the ‘Supreme Ruler of the Universe’
A textbook example of being unclear on the concept of “the separation of church and state.”
Kim Struiksma doesn’t think evolution should be taught in schools. So the 25-year-old Blaine resident, along with a group of friends from her church, have fashioned Initiative 1040, which “concerns a supreme ruler of the universe.”
The initiative would prohibit “state use of public money or lands for anything that denies or attempts to refute the existence of a supreme ruler of the universe, including textbooks, instruction or research,” according to paperwork filed on the Washington Secretary of State’s Web site.
Struiksma said during a telephone interview Wednesday, Feb. 18, that the initiative version online is being revamped and a second one would be offered to improve some of the language. “I think probably at least that more creation science is overlooked as not belonging in the public school system because of the religion (aspect),” she said.
Citing the state Constitution, the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the initiative states it “is about requiring our government to do its job, to protect our liberty, a liberty which has been endowed by our Creator, the one responsible for Blessing us, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.” …
Struiksma got the idea to offer up the initiative after hearing a presentation at Grace Baptist Church in Bellingham by Tom Hoyle, who operates Bible and Sciences Ministries out of Tacoma. Hoyle has been “actively involved in creation science missions for over 20 years,” according to his Web site, hoyle.nwcreation.net.
Here’s the complete text of this insane bill.
UPDATE at 2/21/09 6:09:05 pm:
At the website mentioned above we find this illustration of the Land That Time (and Everyone Else) Forgot: