Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2012 — #4: Tennessee

As we told you in Discoveroids’ Christmas Gift: A Coppedge Story, the Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.– are posting a year-end extravaganza of their Top Ten accomplishments for the year 2012.

They’ve been working their way up from the bottom, and today they’re up to their Number 4 accomplishment for the year: Academic Freedom Legislation in Tennessee. Here are some excerpts, with their links omitted. They begin with this Editor’s note:

Our announcement on April 10 (“Tennessee Enacts Academic Freedom Law Protecting Teachers Who Present Both Sides of Evolution Debate”) says it all. Casey Luskin reflected on the significance of this and similar laws. As of November, similar legislation seems to be now on the horizon in Indiana.

There’s no doubt that 2012 was a great year for the Discoveroids. Tennessee became the second state (after Louisiana) to enact an anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism piece of legislative insanity that was literally drafted by the Discoveroids, based on their Academic Freedom Act. Okay, let’s enjoy the Discoveroids’ celebratory flashback to what they posted at the time of their legislative victory:

Today Tennessee became the latest state to enact an academic freedom bill that protects teachers when they promote critical thinking and objective discussion about controversial science issues such as biological evolution, climate change and human cloning.

Truly, that was a giant leap into the abyss of ignorance for a state that already had a long and tragic history of creationism. Tennessee is the home of Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee — site of the Scopes Trial. The college is named after William Jennings Bryan — the great blowhard. The Discoveroids’ flashback continues:

“More than 85 years ago, Tennessee teacher John Scopes appealed for the right to teach students all of the scientific evidence,” said Dr. John West, Associate Director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. “This historic bill now secures that right. It’s ironic that many of today’s defenders of evolution have abandoned Scopes’ plea for free discussion and are pushing for censorship and intolerance in the classroom instead.”

That’s twisted enough to give even the Devil a headache. It makes us long for some old-fashioned, straightforward duplicity. Let’s read on:

“This law is needed for two reasons,” explained Casey Luskin an attorney with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. “First, unfortunately many science teachers around the country are harassed, intimidated, and sometimes fired for simply presenting scientific evidence critical of Darwinian theory along with the evidence that supports it.”

Golly, he’s right! Look what happened to John Freshwater! We continue:

“Second, many school administrators and teachers are fearful or confused about what is legally allowed when teaching about controversial scientific issues like evolution,” Luskin added. “This legislation makes it clear what Tennessee teachers may be allowed to do.”

Yes. Now it’s clear sailing for Noah’s Ark in science class. Here’s more:

[T]he bill expressly states that it ‘shall not be construed to promote any religious or non-religious doctrine,'” explained Luskin.

Uh huh. And we expressly state that it shall not be construed as defamatory if we say that this law is pure creationist lunacy. One last excerpt:

The Tennessee House and Senate passed the bill with overwhelming support. Tennessee’s law is similar to an academic freedom policy adopted in 2008 by Louisiana, known as the Louisiana Science Education Act.

So there you are, dear reader. That was Number Four in the Discoveroids’ top ten accomplishments for the year. We can’t wait to see what the rest might be.

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2 responses to “Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2012 — #4: Tennessee

  1. I don’t think this was a slip: “We can’t want to see what the rest might be.”

    I’m glad you read this stuff so I don’t have to.

  2. surprisesaplenty says: “I don’t think this was a slip”

    But it was. Thanks for catching it.