By Kelli Dunham, April 2, 2014
It’s been a bad month for eight year girls living in the American South.
First the administration at Timberlake Christian School in Virginia (at what point do you put Christian in irony quotes?) got so upset with Sunnie Kahle’s tennis shoes and short hair they send a letter home: gender conform or get out. Fortunately for Sunnie, her grandparents decided the later would better serve Sunnie, and she even got a sweet tweet from Lynda Carter (aka Wonderwoman) encouraging her to “stay strong and love who you are”
Now, eight year Olivia McConnell of South Carolina has made some South Carolina state congressfolks really unhappy with her uppity suggestion that South Carolina name a state fossil.
Olivia asked nicely, though, and she had all her facts together. She wrote to her state Representative Robert Ridgeway and state Senator Kevin Johnson (D), explaining that all but seven states have an official state fossil, plus one of the first discoveries of a verterbrae fossil within the United States was in South Carolina. And, she pointed out, “fossils tell us about our past.”
That made sense to Ridgeway and Johnson, so they introduced a bill to name the woolly mammoth the official South Carolina state fossil.
Her argument didn’t make sense to state Senator Kevin Bryant who is also known for voting to sustain a veto prohibiting funding for a rape crisis center, comparing Obama to Osama bin Laden and calling climate change a hoax. He thought that South Carolina really should haven’t a bill recognizing an official state fossil without also including some Bible verses as well.
Specifically he proposed to amend the bill by adding some text from the Old Testament book of Genesis:
“And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good….and there was evening and there was morning…the sixth day” (Genesis 2:19,31)
This stalled the bill, and it looks like Olivia might never realize her dream of seeing South Carolina love the woolly mammoth like she does.
Bryant defending his action: “I think it’s a good idea to designate the mammoth as the state fossil, I don’t have a problem with that. I just felt like it’d be a good thing to acknowledge the creator of the fossils.”
So I hope Mr Bryant, each and every time he mentions his Iphone also adds “thanks be to Steve Jobs.”