New Science Legislation Passes In Tennessee

Last month, the Tennessee’s House of Representatives passed an academic freedom bill that would protect teachers and school districts who teach strengths and weaknesses of  evolution or climate change or human cloning.  The bill is basically the same type of language used in  the Louisiana Science Education Act which was passed in 2008.  Just like in 2008, we see the critics making similar claims much like they did in 2008…The Tennessean which sounds like it sold out to special interests says…

“Almost 90 years ago, Tennessee became a national laughingstock with the Scopes trial of 1925, when a young teacher was prosecuted for violating a state law forbidding the teaching of evolution. With the passage of two bills, House Bill 368 and Senate Bill 893, the Tennessee legislature is doing the unbelievable: attempting to roll the clock back to 1925 by attempting to insert religious beliefs in the teaching of science.

“These bills, if enacted, would encourage teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” As such, the bills are misleading, unnecessary, likely to provoke unnecessary and divisive legal proceedings, and likely to have adverse economic consequences for the state.”

“In 2005, a local school district in Pennsylvania wound up paying over $1 million in a lawsuit over a policy that recommended creationism to its students. Recently, a teacher in Ohio who taught creationism after being instructed by his district not to do so was fired — but the administrative cost of firing him and defending the district against related lawsuits was in excess of $1 million.”

Special interest groups and certain well known atheists argued against the Louisiana Science Education Act back in 2008. Since that time, special interests (like this one) have been trying to repeal the law. They even have a kid on MSNBC last year who was demanding that creationists show the facts. Sadly, creationism cannot be taught in public schools in a fair way, it is also against the law to teach it in public school so his demand of creationists was nothing more than building up a straw man to knock down.

Besides there are science theories that get revised, why? Because they have weaknesses! Otherwise no revision is required! Evolution is no exception! So laws like the Louisiana Science Education Act is not replacing evolution with creationism, although science can be taught without evolution or creationism or intelligent design but it allows teaching science in a traditional way.

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5 thoughts on “New Science Legislation Passes In Tennessee

  1. Last month, the Tennessee’s House of Representatives passed an academic freedom bill that would protect teachers and school districts who teach strengths and weaknesses of evolution or climate change or human cloning.

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    Just to deemonstrate how stupid this law is—

    Michael, name one strength and one weaknessas of human cloning as a scientific theory.

    I dare you. I double dare you.

    Midchael will not reply of course. He never replied to the previous challenge. Does he even remember it?

    In his March 31 post, Michael quoted G.A. Kerkut—-

    ,,, if you “really understand an argument you will be able to indicate to me not only the points in favour of the argument but also the most telling points against it.”

    I challenged him to name one significant telling point against the heliocentric theory of the solar system. He ciould not. Michael, can you spell “hipocrisy”?

    Michael thinks the Tennessee law will have no adverse consequenceas. He may not remembeer that last year the American Geophysical Union canceled plans to hold their annual conference in New Orleans in protest against the Louisian law. The city lost a few $million on that one.

  2. Special interest groups and certain well known atheists argued against the Louisiana Science Education Act back in 2008.

    They are called “scientists.” They called that because, unlike Tennessee legislators, they know something about science.

    Besides there are science theories that get revised, why? Because they have weaknesses! Otherwise no revision is required!

    They get revisede because new information enlarges their domain or modifies aspects.

    Scientific theories get revised because they are living things, and all living things change.

    Only mummified corpses, such as creationism, never change.

  3. Olorin,

    You say, “Scientific theories get revised because they are living things, and all living things change.”

    Not into other species they don’t in fact there should be more transitional forms in the fossils record than the actual species itself. Why was Neanderthal Man considered “stupid” until “smarter” modern man came along and killed him off? Part of that was, Darwin predicted survival of the fittest. As it turned out, Neanderthal man intermarried with modern man, which makes them the same species. Why was Ida celebrated as the missing link, in fact Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York held a special ceremony in 2009 to laud her as “the Link.” However, science journals eventually retracted those claims. Paleontology for example, is a rather data-poor science and as a result, imagination is used quite often. This is another reason why students should be taught critical thinking and weaknesses about evolution.

  4. (A))You say, “Scientific theories get revised because they are living things, and all living things change.”

    Not into other species they don’t…
    (B) in fact there should be more transitional forms in the fossils record than the actual species itself.
    (C) Why was Neanderthal Man considered “stupid” until “smarter” modern man came along and killed him off? Part of that was, Darwin predicted survival of the fittest.
    (D) As it turned out, Neanderthal man intermarried with modern man, which makes them the same species.
    (E) Why was Ida celebrated as the missing link, in fact Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York held a special ceremony in 2009 to laud her as “the Link.”
    (F) However, science journals eventually retracted those claims.
    (G) Paleontology for example, is a rather data-poor science and as a result, imagination is used quite often.
    (H)This is another reason why students should be taught critical thinking and weaknesses about evolution.

    (A) Michael tries to prove issues with analogies so often that one might think he would recognize an analogy when he saw one. Apparently not.

    (B) Every fossil is a transitional fossil. It evolved from other species, and it evolved into other species. The problem is that Michael demands “crocoduck” type intermediates, that are half crocodile and half duck. But this type of transitional animal would only be produced by design, not be evolution.

    (C) What’s your point? This was never a ‘theory.’ It was an opinion which turned out to be wrong. Just like your opinion that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim born in Kenya.

    (D) Whether Neanderthal is a separate species is a matter of definition, not of physiognomy. Nor of intermarriage. Michael’s reasoning here seems to be that, if Neanderthals were a different species, intermarriage would have been prohibited under the Defense of Marriage Act..

    (E) Because Michael Blomberg is not an anthropologist but a businessman. He thought the ceremony would make money. .

    (F) Science journals never retracted those claims because no science journal ever made such claims in the first place. This is a figment of Michael’s fetid imagination.

    (G) Is the pot calling the kettle black? Creationism has no physical data at all, and uses imagination exclusively;. Are there any creationists in the field even looking for data? Have there ever been any? No.

    (H) Be careful what you wish for. If students are taught critical thinking, creationism will not survive. It was founded upon ignorance, and flourishes only in the dark.

  5. The pigeons come home tyo roost department—

    Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is on Mitt “Flip-Flop” Romney’s list of vice presidential candidates. A newspaper article this morning says that he may be dropped because of his backing of a “bill that would allow creationism to be taught.” In other words, Jindal’s anti-science stance may cost him dear.

    The governor of Tennessee refused to sign his state’s bill. Wise.

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