Monday, April 23, 2012
Tennessee Law Grants Academic Freedom to Science Teachers
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By a three-quarters margin, Tennessee legislators passed a bill that would allow public school teachers to objectively explain the strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories such as evolution and global warming.
Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed House Bill 368 to pass into law without his signature to underline his opposition, he said, because the legislature could override a veto. It passed the House 72-23 and the Senate 25-8 as Senate Bill 893.
The New York Times and Washington Post smacked legislators for passing the bill, saying it promotes “pseudoscience.” Nearly 3,200 people signed a petition to Haslam asking him to veto the bill.
“A lot of people used this bill as an opportunity to spew forth their venom and hate towards religion,” said bill sponsor and state Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville). “The bill doesn’t do anything but tell teachers, ‘As long as you stick with scientific objective facts you’ll be okay.’” MORE.............................
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