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Written by Don Byrd   
Friday, 23 March 2012

The Tennessee Senate passed legislation that purports to empower public school science teachers with the right to discuss anti-evolution views, including creationism, in class. The Wall Street Journal has more:

[C]ritics...say it promotes creationism in class. It was criticized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Center for Science Education, which said it was a step backward, the Guardian noted. The National Association of Biology Teachers said in a letter that the measure would encourage non-scientific thinking, not critical thought.

A version of the bill passed the state’s House last year and will return there for approval of some minor changes. It then goes to Gov. Bill Haslam, who said he will discuss it with the Board of Education, according to The Guardian.

Creationism-in-school advocates continue to search for ways to get around the church-state ban on religion in the classroom. This legislation would seem to be yet another attempt. Religious teaching is not proper for the science curriculum. That's a principle we shouldn't undermine.

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