a fig leaf for winged pigs


There are some real practical jokers in the state Senate In Tennessee. The Senate recently passed a new education bill. It says that schoolteachers cannot be punished for “helping students to understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories” taught in public schools.

This is, of course, what good teachers are doing anyway. So why the language about “not punishing” teachers for doing it? Because this bill’s only purpose it to provide cover for teachers who want to criticize evolution for religious reasons. It’s a fig leaf for violating the separation of church and state.

If someone had a good critique of evolution itself (not the details of how it occurs), that someone would have a Nobel prize for turning biology (and medicine) on its head. That person is not a Tennessee school teacher. If this wasn’t about evolution, there’d also be a law about critiquing and evaluating literature, history, English, or physical education.

I bring this up because it’s so dang embarrassing. In Tennessee, they really want to keep the kids ignorant. Next they’ll be denying that pigs have wings.

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