Tennessee's Anti-Evolution Bill to Become Law
Critics: Move 'undermines science education'
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2012 1:10 AM CDT
Updated Apr 11, 2012 6:13 AM CDT
Tennssee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will let a controversial new law protecting teachers who criticize evolution become a law.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Tennessee was the site of the infamous Scopes monkey trial nearly 90 years ago (spoiler alert: creationists lost), but the state is still fighting evolution. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said yesterday he'll allow a bill to become law that protects teachers who criticize evolution, as well as global warming and other science orthodoxies, reports AP. Haslam had earlier said he would sign the bill, which takes effect April 20, but now he says he will simply let it take effect without his signature.

"The bill received strong bipartisan support, passing the House and Senate, but good legislation should bring clarity and not confusion," Haslam said in a statement explaining why he would not sign the bill. "My concern is that this bill has not met this objective." Many science organizations and the state's ACLU chapter have criticized the law as yet another attack on science. Terms in the bill such as "strengths and weaknesses," and "critical thinking" are really just code words for a law that "undermines science education in Tennessee public schools," said the head of the Tennessee ACLU.

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Jun 9, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
THE LAW IS NOT ANTI-EVOLUTION. this is the most ridiculous claim of those who are in opposition. The bill encourages students to develop mentally and become critical thinkers and flexible in a challenging scientific world. The problem is that it allows evolution , among other things, to be questioned. for the life of me I cannot figure how brainwashed you people must be to believe the bull they are saying. Don't you wonder why, if the evidence is so strong, simply DISCUSSING such evidence is a bad thing? No alarms go off in your heads making you wonder wth they are really complaining about? The bill, IIRC, will not protect a teacher teaching creationism. another thing, why do you think the bill needs to exist in the first place? teachers should have the freedom to encourage their students to think, should they not? The reason is that Darwnists have made a habit of creating hell for teachers and even scientists who dare oppose the orthodoxy. What on earth man.
Apr 13, 2012 9:26 PM CDT
I'm glad I finally moved out of the god damn South.
Apr 12, 2012 5:54 PM CDT
God gave us a tremendous gift - our brains. When we choose not to use them, we're spitting in his face. Gravitation is also a "theory" or set of theories that have provided better and better approximations of the way the world works for thousands of years now. There was a time when some folks wanted to argue with Newton's gravitational THEORIES because how else could the Sun stood still in the sky in the Bible? Do we really want to go this direction? God hates fools.