Re the American state of Re the American state of Indiana: In “Ind. Senators Vote for Creationism” (The Scientist, January 27, 2012), Bob Grant tells us, “A committee in the Indiana state legislature OKs a bill aimed at getting creationism into public school science classes”:
By a margin of 8-2, the Indiana State Senate’s Education Committee passed a bill designed to insert the teaching of “creation science” alongside evolutionary theory in public school science classrooms. Senate Bill 89, which the Republican-dominated committee passed last week, would give schools the freedom to decide if they wanted to allow “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life,” one of which is creationism.
We are directed to “Ind. Senate panel votes to let schools teach creationism”
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.
(Dan Carden, Northwest Indiana Times, January 25, 2012 )
What a pity they didn’t mention “self-organization theory”! Then we could get James Shapiro up on the stand in the subsequent court case, to find out just how, exactly, it works.
We’ll keep an eye on this one.