We recently wrote Tennessee’s 2011 Creationism Bill: It’s Back! Now it’s not only back, but it’s back big time.
In the Tennessean of Nashville, Tennessee we read TN science bill protects teachers who allow debate over evolution. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Monday that would encourage teachers and students to debate evolution in the classroom, setting aside complaints that the measure would drag the state back onto the battleground over the teaching of creationism.
Yippee! Gimme that old-time religion! They’re finally settin’ things straight in ol’ Tennessee! Here’s more:
Senators voted 24-8 to pass a bill that says schoolteachers cannot be punished for “helping students to understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories” taught in public schools.
It’s about time! The biggest scientific weakness of that [*sneer*] theory of evolution is that it contradicts the bible!
In case you’re new to this, they’re talking about SB 0893, by Bo Watson, a physical therapist. It’s the same bill we wrote about last year Its companion bill in the state House was HB 0368, sponsored by Bill Dunn, a tree surgeon. It had been approved last year by the House in a vote of 70 to 23. It was actually drafted by the Discoveroids in Seattle and supported by lobbyists with the word “Family” in the name of their organization. We wrote about that in Tennessee’s Creationism Bill Will Become Law.
Let’s read on:
The vote sent the bill back to the state House of Representatives, which passed a similar measure a year ago. Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters earlier Monday that he would discuss the bill with the state Board of Education.
The Governor was non-committal. He’s going to see which way the wind is blowing, like any man of principle.
There’s also an article about this in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Anti-evolution class discussions get Senate’s OK. They say:
The Senate approved a bill Monday evening that deals with teaching of evolution and other scientific theories while the House approved legislation authorizing cities and counties to display the Ten Commandments in public buildings.
Ah. Both legislative chambers were dealing with useful subjects. What a state! Regarding the creationism bill, they inform us:
All eight no votes came from Democrats, some of whom raised questions about the bill during brief debate.
Buncha freaks! Probably pre-verts!
Anyway, this is great news! We wouldn’t be surprised if there are sightings of William Jennings Bryan, risen from the grave and strutting around. The good folks of Tennessee are at last going to enjoy some of that good old fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism.
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