Creation Science Bill Passes Indiana Senate

Some say the bill leaves teachers and schools open to costly lawsuits.

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The bill passed 28-22. It now moves to the House.

Hoosier public schools could teach theories about the origins of life other than evolution under a bill that passed the Senate Tuesday.

Auburn Republican Dennis Kruse’s bill language is pretty simple: it says a school corporation can require the teaching of various theories on the origin of life. Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson amended language into the bill mandating that the curriculum include theories from multiple religions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Scientology.

Portage Senator Karen Tallian says the entire concept violates everything America stands for.

“I speak for the Constitution. And the Constitution sheds a tear today that we’re even talking about this,” Tallian says.

Some say the bill leaves teachers and schools open to costly lawsuits. But Kruse says he thinks the language of the bill avoids that issue.

“If they decide they want to do this, it’s not one religion, this is multiple religions. It can be all religions the way it’s written in here,” he says.

The bill passed 28-22. It now moves to the House, where Kruse says more work can be done to better craft it.

  • http://stonesnbones.blogspot.com/ Dr. GS Hurd

    Following the legal repudiation of Intelligent Design Creationism in 2005 (Kitzmiller v Dover), I thought that literate people would stop proposing these sorts of Bills. However, I am not adverse to a new test of creationism in the US Supreme Court. For this to happen, we need some idiots to pass, and implement a new creationism law, and some more idiots to teach a class in accordance with that law.

    Apparently, Indiana might fit that bill, and then pay the bill for a losing law suit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KVIEGHCS6K3KTAPGI4PWEJETVE Herman

    My name is Herman Cummings.  I’m the leading expert on the book of Genesis. 
     
    I had written State Senator Dennis Kruse, about dropping the foolishness of Creation
    science, and teaching the truth of Genesis.  But he is in a delusion, and thinks that “young
    Earth” creation is what the Bible teaches.  He is wrong.  In fact, all current creationism
    doctrines are in error, and misrepresent the Genesis text.  So now, instead of just the truth
    of Genesis being given, the schools may now be mired down with the myths from Islam,
    Hinduism, Buddhism, and others.
     
    Genesis does not have any “creation stories” or myths.  Genesis chapter one is about the
    4.6 billion year history of life on Earth, and not about Creation Week.  Both the worlds
    of Creationism and Theology do not understand the Genesis text, and teach false doctrines
    that Genesis does not support.
     
    I have a 62 minute PowerPoint presentation that reveals the truth of Genesis, which your
    board members should all see.  It explains Genesis chapter one, and compares it with both
    the geologic and fossil records of Earth.  None of those (other) “origin myths” address the
    prehistoric history of Earth.   It is the correct opposing view to evolution.
     
    I also teach a 6-hr class for science teachers, which I call a “Genesis appreciation” course. 
    It goes into more depth concerning the geologic and fossil records of our ancient past, and
     trains the teachers on how to teach the students about Genesis, and to answer the questions
     the students would ask.
     
    Also, I give protection against the lawsuits that may be filed by the ACLU.  I can defeat
    them in a court of law, in such a way that they would never oppose anything that is not
    “evolution” again.

    Herman Cummings
    ephraim7@aol.com

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