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Indiana Creationist Bill is DOA: Good Riddance

Posted by mattusmaximus on February 7, 2012

I recently blogged about the pending creationist legislation in the Indiana legislature and its radically stupid “teach all views” language.  Well, now there’s some good news: apparently, even though the bill (SB89) passed the IN Senate, it was too stupid for the IN House :)

Creationist School Bill Looks Doomed in Indiana

… On Tuesday the Indiana Senate approved a bill, S.B. 89, that would have allowed schools to teach “various theories on the origins of life.” It didn’t specify whether the instruction should occur in a science class or in another setting, but its sponsors made clear that they saw it as a way to challenge prevailing views on scientific evolution. The bill, which passed 28 to 22, drew widespread media coverage and triggered condemnations from scientific organizations in the state and across the country.

The original measure had mentioned “creation science” as one idea that could be taught. But before the vote it was amended to require that teachers also discuss “theories from multiple religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Scientology.”

The next day, however, the speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives decided that the legislation, which had triggered national media coverage, had become too hot to handle. As reported by Dan Carden of the The Times of Northwest Indiana, House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican from Indianapolis, said at a press availability on Wednesday that “delving into an issue that the U.S. Supreme Court has, on at least one occasion, said is not compliant with the Constitution may be a side issue and someplace where we don’t need to go.” He was apparently referring to a 1987 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that a Louisiana state law requiring the teaching of creation science violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment by advancing religion. …

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2 Responses to “Indiana Creationist Bill is DOA: Good Riddance”

  1. I for one think people should learn about religion, if for no other reason than to understand how it has shaped our society. But not in science class. I’m glad this bill was shot down.

  2. tim said

    I am a Christian. I absolutely believe in Jesus…

    I’m also a scientist. My PhD is in Bio-engineering…

    I cannot fathom how anyone being honest with his or her self could think “intelligent design” or “creationism” is a science…. As a Christian, I find it embarrassing when other Christians blindly follow others in screaming and shouting that intelligent design should be taught as a science. It should NEVER be taught as a science… it is NOT a science… How could anyone, who is being honest, think otherwise? Do they have evidence or beliefs? Do they have reproducible data or hopes?

    I’m in danger of rambling…..

    “Intelligent design” explains the creation of the universe about as well as “The intelligent push-down” theory explains gravity…

    I love science… I love Jesus… My love of science does not shake my faith in Christ. If anything, it makes it stronger…

    In a science class – teach science…. And intelligent design and creationism do not qualify…

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