Tennessee teachers can legally challenge global warming

| September 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

The state of Tennessee has passed a law enabling public school teachers to challenge the science behind global warming, evolution and human cloning in the classroom. Tennessee has a reputation for such measures: in the 1920s, in the famous ‘Scopes Monkey Trial’, a teacher was declared guilty for teaching evolution.

Governor Bill Haslam refused to block the new bill’s passage through the state’s House of Representatives and the Senate. It has however been publicly opposed by several organisations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Tennessee Science Teachers Association and the National Academy of Sciences.

Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU, has said that the Tennessee Legislature has “rolled the clock back to 1925”. “Tennessee now has a law on the books essentially granting permission for teachers to violate the First Amendment by introducing their own personal religious beliefs on the origin of life into the classroom,” said Weinberg. Tennessee now becomes the second US state after Louisiana to formally enact a rule protecting teachers who challenge science.

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