• http://www.commondreams.org, Common Dreams staff
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is likely to sign into law a bill requiring Tennessee's public schools to allow teachers to discuss purported weaknesses of theories such as evolution and global warming in their classrooms. Haslam has until Tuesday to sign the bill, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature.
Opponents, including science organizations, teacher groups and the ACLU, argue the law -- SB 893, "The Monkey Bill" -- injects religion into public education and raises the specter of the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial", when a high-school science teacher in Tennessee was convicted of teaching evolution. The conviction was later overturned on a technicality. The statute prohibiting the teaching of evolution remained on Tennessee's books until it was repealed in 1967.
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