Wednesday, February 17, 2016

GODLESS WEDNESDAY: Idaho Legislation To Allow Use Of Bible In Astronomy, Biology and Geology Classes

The Idaho legislature is considering SB 1321, a bill that would allow teachers to reference the Bible in classes that discuss a wide array of topics, such as "astronomy, biology, [and] geology."

Happily, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is on the case, and they alerting right-minded people about the existence of SB 1321, even though it was only introduced in the last week, it follows on statements made by the Idaho Republican Party last year.
The bill resembles a resolution (PDF, p. 4) adopted by the Idaho Republican Party in the summer of 2015. The executive director of the party toldKBPO television (June 10, 2015), "if there is a school district that thinks having the Bible as part of the curriculum would be useful, this resolution is basically saying, 'we support the idea of allowing them to have that tool in their tool box.'" 
The bill is credited to the Senate Education Committee, but according to Idaho Education News (February 11, 2016), it was proposed by Sheryl Nuxoll (R-District 7), who convinced the committee to introduce the bill. Idaho Education News also reported, "Idaho school teachers can already use the Bible as a reference."
Really, do we need to know anything more than the bill summary, which states "Repeals and adds to existing law to provide when the Bible is permitted to be used in the public schools"?

I wonder what teachers who want to use the Bible have to say about the documented existence of gravitational waves coming from an event that happened over 1 billion years ago?

Hat/tip to Friendly Atheist

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