Something new is going around in the bizarre world of anti-evoluition education. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted Indiana antiscience resolution passes the Senate. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Indiana’s Senate Resolution 17, which targets the teaching of evolution in Indiana’s public schools, was passed on a 40-9 vote by the Senate on February 27, 2017.
Here’s the text of Senate Resolution 17. We added some bold font to emphasize the madness and some creationist code words. It says:
Now that is an arkload! NCSE says:
SR 17 ostensibly urges the state department of education “to reinforce support of teachers who choose to teach a diverse curriculum.” But evolution is clearly the target. The language of the resolution repeats the so-called Santorum language from the report to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 — “Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), that the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics can generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society” — and its initial sponsors, Jeff Raatz (R-District 27) and Dennis Kruse (R-District 14), have a history of introducing antievolution legislation in Indiana, as NCSE previously reported.
Ah yes, the infamous and incredibly stupid Santorum Amendment, about which Wikipedia says:
The Santorum Amendment was a failed proposed amendment to the 2001 education funding bill (which became known as the No Child Left Behind Act), proposed by Republican Rick Santorum (then a United States Senator for Pennsylvania), which promoted the teaching of intelligent design while questioning the academic standing of evolution in US public schools. In response, a coalition of 96 scientific and educational organizations wrote a letter to the conference committee, urging that the amendment be stricken from the final bill, arguing that evolution is, in the scientific fields, regarded as fact and that the amendment creates the misperception that evolution is not fully accepted in the scientific community, and thus weakens science curricula. The words of the amendment survive in modified form in the Bill’s Conference Report and do not carry the weight of law. As one of the Discovery Institute intelligent design campaigns it became a cornerstone in the intelligent design movement’s “Teach the Controversy” campaign.
We discussed the Santorum Amendment here: Klinghoffer’s New Hero — Rick Santorum. Okay, back to NCSE. They tell us:
SR 17 is a non-binding resolution with no legal force; a similar measure, House Joint Resolution 78, is presently under consideration by the Alabama House Rules Committee.
That’s the news. Now what? Are we going to have a bunch of these idiotic resolutions to deal with? Maybe so. The Indiana legislature will be in session until 29 April. Plenty of time.
Even if these things do pass, they’re not binding, so all they do is cause trouble in the classroom and proclaim to the world that a state has a pack of idiots in its legislature. We’ve always suspected that they do, and we don’t need any more evidence.
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