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February 24, 2015

CONTACT: Heather Smith, ACLU of South Dakota, 605-332-2508, heather.smith@aclu.org

Sioux Falls, S.D. Today, the House State Affairs Committee voted 10-3 to send HB1220 to the 41st day, effectively killing a bill that would have allowed people and corporations to take advantage and claim that their religion gives them the right to ignore virtually any law.

 By: Heather Smith, Executive Director, ACLU of South Dakota
    
South Dakota is already dead last in the nation when it comes to education so why are our politicians spending so much of their time trying to undermine science education around the state?  

This isn’t the first time South Dakota lawmakers have tried to prohibit and undermine the teaching of evolution in its public schools in an effort to advance creationism, creation science, and other religious beliefs pertaining to the origin of life. But this year’s bill is different.  For one, the bills’ sponsors got smarter (or rather sneakier) with their language and have drafted the bill in a way that is meant to cast evolution and other scientific subjects as controversial or “subjects that may cause debate and disputation.”  In fact, there is no debate in the legitimate scientific community.  Make no mistake, SB 114 is meant to open the door for teachers to introduce the alleged scientific evidence against evolution or to teach the (made-up) controversy. 
By Jen Petersen, Office Manager

Lets face it: A baby's got to eat, and there's nothing political about it. It seems obvious that a mother should be permitted to provide sustenance to her child wherever nature and necessity dictates. The act of breastfeeding is natural, and there are countless health benefits for both mother and child. There's nothing radical about nurturing and feeding a child. Or is there?
By Cassandra Stubbs, Director, ACLU Capital Punishment Project

Serial, the pop culture podcast phenomenon, isn't just a well-produced and addictive listening experience (though it is both of those things). By questioning the validity of some criminal justice procedures and educating its listeners to ask questions, especially when someone's life is on the line, the podcast has done a great public service: Because the case of Adnan Syed is not particularly unique.

 The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The following is reaction from Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri:


 
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