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.