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Tennessee Monkey Bill Protecting Teachers Who Teach Creationism Soon Law

by David Badash on April 10, 2012

in Education,News,Politics,Religion

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The Tennessee Legislature just passed a bill that protects teachers who teach creationism over evolution, and teachers who welcome “debate” on culture war issues like global warming or “intelligent design.” Tennessee is the home of the 1925 Scopes Monkey trial that prosecuted a teacher for breaking a law that banned the teaching of evolution. Perhaps by the 100th anniversary of the Scopes trial, it will once again be illegal to actually teach evolution. The bill will go into law in ten days without the Governor’s signature — because even Republican Governor Bill Haslam apparently thinks the bill is both unnecessary and a joke.

“Critics, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Civil Liberties Union, have criticized the bill as a cover for reintroducing creationism in Tennessee schools. Many opponents linked the measure to the 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tenn., in which a schoolteacher was tried for breaking a state law then on the books that banned the teaching of evolution,” The Tennessean reports:

Unlike that law, HB 368/SB 893 will not require the teaching of view of creation. Instead, it encourages students to question accepted scientific theories, and it protects teachers from punishment if they teach creationism.

Haslam said such discussions are already allowed under state law and that the measure will just create confusion over the state’s science curriculum. But he declined to veto a measure that passed by wide margins, making it unlikely he could have won an override vote.

“The bill received strong bipartisan support, passing the House and Senate by a three-to-one margin,” he said, “but good legislation should bring clarity and not confusion. My concern is that this bill has not met this objective.”

No word yet on a House bill that was to be debated today that would prohibit the teaching of anything except abstinence-only education in Tennessee schools. The bill, which the Tennessee Senate just days ago passed, is an alternative to the much lampooned “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and would classify holding hands as “gateway sexual activity.”


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Rsyk April 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

Just a quick notice, intelligent design simply refers to the belief that a deity was involved in the formation of life in some way. The ideas of what this involvement was are to varied to actually pin down, since they encompass beliefs from virtually all deistic religions. Many of these beliefs accept things such as evolution as fact, and have very little in the way of empirical evidence for or against them.

Creationism refers specifically to the Fundamentalist Christian viewpoint of intelligent design, which attempts to hold Biblical statement as scientific evidence, and discounts evolution completely. Meaning you should probably change the diagram above, unless you want to imply that all people of deistic religions are stupid. But that may have been what you were going for.

Goose09 December 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Knowing this site, I'd say your last statement was on the mark :)

eroissyfr April 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

If I wanted my kids to have religious dogma shoved down their throats, they would be enrolled in a private religious school. Fortunately my kids are grown and I fought this battle in the Georgia public schools and won.

The citizens of TN should be outraged on several levels – 1) Their tax dollars are now going to be spent on a lengthy and expensive court battle in which this 'law' will be struck down and 2) Their governor has no backbone.

I grew up in TN and I know how incredibly backward it already is. I moved there from Ohio and the TN school systems were at least two years behind what was being taught in OH elementary schools. This was in the early 70s. I doubt they have improved much.

AdamSOF April 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

Soooo, this will allow teachers to disregard lesson plans and just teach whatever they please?

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