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Tennessee Skewers Teaching of Evolution in Schools -- Is Your State Next?

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- 2224 days ago -
Thanks to ALEC, the Volunteer State has adopted a law intended to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools. Just don't expect them to stop there.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 9:09 pm

David C (29)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 11:48 pm
Thank you hope lots of people read this in the run up to Nov.

Myron Scott (70)
Monday April 16, 2012, 9:00 am
Proponents of this Act say it is about open debate, academic
freedom and free inquiry. That's obviously an insidious pretext;
but how big a threat is it to the teaching of valid scientific
information and the scientific method of inquiry? So many
articles, so few links to the actual language of the Act.

At least this article links to an article (from Nature) that gives
actual bill numbers: House Bill (HB) 368/Senate Bill (SB) 893.
Two things struck me about the actual language: Although it
does not mandate any specific curriculum, it gives "any teacher"
carte blanche to teach virtually anything under the guise of critiquing
"existing scientific theories"; but it explicitly disavows and arguably
disallows the same "free inquiry" about religious dogma. Whatever
else this otherwise very vague, boilerplate-laden Act does, it does
not establish truly open debate.

Of course, ALEC never intended it to do so. What it will do
is ensure costly litigation. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
was right in saying, "...(G)ood legislation should bring clarity and
not confusion. My concern is that this bill has not met this
objective." Too bad he didn't have the political integrity to
actually veto the damned mess.

Brandt H. (0)
Monday April 16, 2012, 1:40 pm
This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.

David C (131)
Monday April 16, 2012, 2:02 pm
part of the Greedy Oil Polluters platform....keep people scared and stupid........

Susanne R (234)
Monday April 16, 2012, 9:03 pm
I can't say I was surprised to learn that ALEC was behind this ignorant and self-serving law, and that its members have selfish reasons for the "dumbing down" of America --starting with its children. I'm very fortunate to live in New York State. We may pay higher taxes than most other states, but you'll never see a child's knowledge be repressed. And parents wouldn't tolerate it!

Myron Scott (70)
Monday April 16, 2012, 9:40 pm
Even in Arizona, folk are working to expose ALEC.

And, belatedly, here's Governor Haslam's comments:

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Tuesday April 17, 2012, 12:51 am
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