The bill attacks the teaching of “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning” by shielding teachers who question evolution and other widely accepted scientific theories.
On it’s face the bill doesn’t specifically authorize the teaching of creationism nor does it permit teachers to do more than criticize scientific theories in an “objective” manner. Instead, it makes it nearly impossible to discipline teachers who push junk science.
And its another disturbing example of the insistent march against science coming from the right and in every direction. When science is no longer science then legislation based on science is at best special interest pandering and at worst just a theological imperative.
The scientific community is against this bill specifically because it endorses the idea that any idea is a valid idea, even if that idea is not supported by a process that objectively evaluates claims before endorsing them as truths.
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