• Indiana Senate broadens teaching creationism proposal

    January 31, 2012 No comments

    A proposal aimed at allowing Indiana’s public schools to teach creationism in science classes has been broadened to include origin of life theories from multiple religions.

    The Senate approved the change Monday to a bill that critics had said was unconstitutional because federal courts have repeatedly found that teaching creationism violates church-state separation because of its reliance on the Bible’s book of Genesis.

    The change proposed by Democratic Sen. Vi Simpson of Bloomington says that any course offered by public schools teaching creationism must include origin theories from multiple religions, among them Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Scientology.

    Bill sponsor Sen. Dennis Kruse of Auburn supported the change, saying it makes the proposal acceptable to more senators.

    The bill still faces a vote by the full Senate to advance.

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