Indiana Senate committee ignores reason, endorses Creationism

Ind. Senate panel votes to let schools teach creationism

An Indiana Senate committee on Wednesday endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, despite pleas from scientists and religious leaders to keep religion out of science classrooms.

Senate Bill 89 allows school corporations to authorize “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life” and specifically mentions “creation science” as one such theory.

State Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, who voted for the measure, said if there are many theories about life’s origins, students should be taught all of them.

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What a boneheaded move. If this passes, it will surely be contested. There is ample case law. Any legislator who supports such an obvious un-Constitutional endorsement of religion is not worth serving the people of that state. The law is the law. Want religion? Teach it to your kids yourself. Or, how about a comparitive religions class where ALL religions are represented. I’d vote for that.

Addition: from NCSE:

Testimony against the bill stressed the unconstitutionality of teaching creation science, established by the Supreme Court in 1987.

That helped. Ugh.

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  1 comment for “Indiana Senate committee ignores reason, endorses Creationism

  1. Massachusetts
    January 28, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I think a comparative religion class would be a great idea. It would reduce misunderstanding and bigotry, promote tolerance and offer a forum for kids to express an interest in things like intelligent design, which don’t have a place in science classes since they aren’t science.

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