The Scopes Monkey Trial ended 86 years ago, but wingnuts in Tennessee can’t quite seem to move past it. Republican Talibangelicals have penned an anti-Darwin bill — which actually made it out of committee this week — and they think they’re being really sneaky about it.
As with most of the other anti-evolution bills that have been introduced this year in states across the country, the Tennessee legislation does not specifically mention creationist or intelligent design. Rather, it says that the teachers must be helped “to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies.” It also says that teachers may not be prohibited from “helping students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught.”
Those “controversial” theories? “Biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”
Next, they’re going to tackle the controversies of the heliocentric universe, the “roundness” of the Earth, gravity — and whether witches sink when submerged in water.
Great party you’ve got there, Republicans!