In Tennessee it’s about to be official: They ain’t no kin to no monkeys.
Celebrations are everywhere. The retardates are rejoicing and the hardware stores are running out of torches and pitchforks. Old-timers are reminiscing about the good old days of the Butler Act and the Scopes Trial. Students are going wild at Bryan College, located in Dayton where the trial was held, and named in honor of William Jennings Bryan, one of the world’s biggest blowhards and idiots.
Our last post on this topic was Tennessee’s 2012 Creationism Bill Passes Senate. Now the thing has passed the House, and it’s on the way to the Governor to be signed into law. In the Knoxville News Sentinel we read: Evolution bill heading to Gov. Haslam. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A House vote Monday night sends to Gov. Bill Haslam a bill that has inspired a controversy the governor says he knows little about.
Sponsors say it will encourages development of “critical thinking skills” by students. Critics say it encourages discussions of creationism as an alternative to evolution.
Yes, “critical thinking skills.” If you don’t understand the meaning of that coded phrase, see What Is “Critical Thinking”? Okay, back to the news:
Final approval came when the House voted 72-23 to concur in a Senate amendment to the bill, Sponsor Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, simply said the amendment clarifies that the science discussions must occur “within the framework of the curriculum” established by the Board of Education.
That’s nice. The story ends with this encouraging bit of information:
So far in his tenure, Haslam has signed every bill sent to him by the General Assembly.
As you can imagine, the Discoveroids are thrilled. They’ve just posted Tennessee Legislature Passes Landmark Academic Freedom on Evolution Bill, which says:
By a vote of 72-23, Tennessee’s House of Representatives today passed an academic freedom bill that would protect teachers and school districts who wish to promote critical thinking and objective discussion about controversial science issues such as biological evolution, climate change and human cloning.
So there you are. It’s all up to the Governor now. Will Tennessee join with Louisiana to become the second state in the US to enact one of these crazy laws? Yes, they probably will. It won’t be much longer until we find out.
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