Remember “Creationism to be taught in Indiana science classes”? In “Ind. Senate votes for schools to teach creationism” (NWI.com, January 31, 2012), Dan Carden reports that the state senate passed the bill:
The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate on Tuesday voted 28-22 to allow school corporations to teach “various theories of the origin of life.”
Senate Bill 89 requires a school choosing to teach creationism to use multiple religious perspectives and suggests, but does not require, teaching the beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Scientology.
The crazy part is that “origin of life” normally means the origin of the first living cells, and most religious groups have avoided detailed explanations of that.
Most science groups should have avoided detailed explanations of that too. No one knows. Maybe no one ever will. So why is it on the curriculum?
State Sen. Tim Skinner, D-Terre Haute, said any school corporation that teaches the religious origins of life is just asking for a lawsuit, and local taxpayers will be stuck footing the bill.
You have to wonder who really wants that.
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