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03-21-2012, 01:04 AM
Tennessee Senate Passes Anti-Evolution Bill
March 20, 2012
By Stephen D. Foster Jr.
Addicting Info (http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/20/tennessee-senate-passes-anti-evolution-bill/)

On Monday, the Republican dominated Tennessee Senate passed an anti-evolution bill by a vote of 24-8. The bill, known as HB 368, is sponsored by Republican Senator Bo Watson and “provides guidelines for teachers answering students’ questions about evolution, global warming and other scientific subjects,” according to Knox News , ”The measure also guarantees that teachers will not be subject to discipline for engaging students in discussion of questions they raise, though Watson said the idea is to provide guidelines so that teachers will bring the discussion back to the subjects authorized for teaching in the curriculum approved by the state Board of Education.” The bill basically encourages teachers to present scientific weaknesses of “controversial” topics. In the case of evolution and climate change, both have been scientifically proven and the only weaknesses that have been presented by the right-wing are based on unscientific biblical verses. In other words, Republicans want teachers to use religion to destroy accepted science.

This bill is yet another attempt by Republicans to inject creationism pseudo-science into science classrooms. It gives students the ability to interrupt the teaching of real evidence based science with religious nonsense that belongs in church. So basically, as long as students bring up creationist theories, teachers can discuss them. This opens up the classroom to conflict between students of different religions or none at all, who all have different doctrines and points of view. Such conflict only serves to bury actual science under religious myth and superstition and is a distraction to learning real facts.

According to the National Center for Science Education (http://ncse.com/news/2012/03/monkey-bill-passes-tennessee-senate-007264,) ,

“Among those expressing opposition to the bill are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Nashville Tennessean, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the National Earth Science Teachers Association, and the Tennessee Science Teachers Association, whose president Becky Ashe described the legislation as “unnecessary, anti-scientific, and very likely unconstitutional.”

The bill now heads to the House, which just passed a Ten Commandments (http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/03/20/tennessee/) bill, so we should expect them to pass this bill as well as part of the GOP war against freedom of religion and separation of church and state.

03-21-2012, 02:21 AM
OMG..not the 10 commandments again.

Can they name them? LMAO (http://www.glumbert.com/media/colbert)

Q..love that clip.

03-21-2012, 02:50 AM
If you demand that the 'state' be in charge of education as the Left always does, then you have to accept whatever the state decides is best for you. Having common sense is not an attribute of the 'state' or, for that matter, any sense at all.

03-21-2012, 03:02 AM
What the Govt does is set minimum standards. It should ensure that students are taught facts and not mumbo-jumbo.

If you are against abortion, wouldn't it be common sense to be for contraception ?


03-21-2012, 03:24 AM
Oddly ... your link doesn't support your thread title.

03-21-2012, 04:18 AM
Of course it does.

video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2xyrel-2vI)

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">In this award winning documentary, NOVA captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in one of the latest battles over teaching evolution in public schools. Featuring trial reenactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants, including expert scientists and Dover parents, teachers, and town officials, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" follows the celebrated federal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District. </div></div>


03-21-2012, 05:00 AM

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578 (1987) was a legal case about the teaching of creationism that was heard by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1987. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>The Court ruled that a Louisiana law requiring that creation science be taught in public schools, along with evolution, was unconstitutional because the law was specifically intended to advance a particular religion.</span> It also held that "teaching a variety of scientific theories about the origins of humankind to school children might be validly done with the clear secular intent of enhancing the effectiveness of science instruction."

In support of Aguillard, 72 Nobel prize-winning scientists,[1] 17 state academies of science, and 7 other scientific organizations filed amicus briefs which described creation science as being composed of religious tenets. </div></div>

03-21-2012, 07:16 AM
The 'trial'showed ID to be Creationism in another jacket.

Two of the ID witnesses got tried for perjury!


03-21-2012, 08:59 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Oddly ... your link doesn't support your thread title. </div></div>

Oddly...I could not care less what you think. Does that work for you?