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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law 672

MrKevvy writes "The Tennessee 'Teaching the Controversy' bill was passed into law today. 'A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee. State governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill — passed by the state House and Senate — to become law without signing it, saying he did not believe the legislation "changes the scientific standards that are taught in our schools."'" The governor adds: "However, I also don’t believe that it accomplishes anything that isn’t already acceptable in our schools."
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

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  • by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:36PM (#39645499) Journal

    Aliens built the Pyramids
    Teach The Controversy []

  • by Moheeheeko ( 1682914 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:37PM (#39645541)
    "Newton was a commie, gravity is actually God keeping you on the ground."

    I weep for the future.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:44PM (#39645683)

    Modded down? Seriously? How did they do that without thumbs?

  • by residieu ( 577863 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:45PM (#39645693)
    We'll start this chapter by watching the first few seasons of Stargate SG-1.
  • by ArsonSmith ( 13997 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:47PM (#39645727) Journal

    Man was created in God's image, so gravity is really just the man keeping you down?

  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:51PM (#39645793) Journal

    Well, if nothing else, Southerners will be so pig-ignorant in a few generations that they will make much more compliant domestics and pool cleaners for the Mexican-Americans when they take over.

  • by An Ominous Coward ( 13324 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:57PM (#39645903)

    As Bill Bryson quipped, this is just "proving conclusively that the danger for Tennesseans isn't so much that they may be descended from apes as overtaken by them."

  • 2+2=5 (Score:3, Funny)

    by tekrat ( 242117 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @01:19PM (#39646259) Homepage Journal

    Let's teach the controversy!

    I challenge ANY teacher to fail any kid or write "Wrong answer" on a test. Now you can sue the school if Johnny doesn't want to learn to read or write or do math, because God says he's right.

    After all, God says Rick Santorum should be president, and we see how right God is so far on that front.

    So now "God says" is a suitable answer for any test. Just ask Bill O'Reilly, who claims that the Tides going in and out are proof of God -- teach that one in science class. Moon's gravity pulling on the oceans? Bah! Superstition! 'God Says' is the right answer now!

    WIsh I could'a used that for my SAT tests, I would have gotten a perfect score and attended Harvard!

  • Theory (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @01:25PM (#39646379)

    Practive what you preach. If you only want facts and hard evidence taught then creationism and evolution both can't be taught because both are just theories, not law. So if evolution is such fact why is it still a THEORY instead of bad science can't help you there. Micro-evolution yes, but I hate break it to you we didn't evolve from monkeys. And if you want to go around claiming to be nothing more than a smart monkey have fun eating your bananas. And, if as you say, evolution is completely true then there is aboslutley no reason for people to be nice to each other or protect life, it is after all survival of the fittest. So, if I just happen to want what you have, kill you and take it, by your theroy there is no reason that is bad, you just happened to be the weaker being and I am in fact strengthening our speices as a whole by removing you. As well, evolution would also prove that gays are a mistake and freak of nature. There is no benefit to the speices for to males or two females to have sex. Infact if evolution was true the "gay gene" should have been weeded out and removed from the population as they can't reproduce. Evolution prompts the fact that there is no purpose to life, so you might as well do what you want when you want how you want. At the end of the day you can't prove evolution, it still remains a theory just like creationism.

  • by TofuDog ( 735357 ) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @01:44PM (#39646693)
    Yes it's God keeping you on the ground; specifically the loving (and delicious) tendrils of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Like, ID His role in gravity is merely an alternative "theory". This contention is proven by the more frequent touching by FSM (pesto be upon him) that made past humans shorter than today. Now there are too many of us to be receive as frequent touching (except for midgets, who are his favorites, and have clearly been pushed down more by the loving, al dente tendrils). RAmen.

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