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ASIH calls for repeal of Tennessee's antiscience law
At its 2014 meeting held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists adopted a resolution encouraging the state of Tennessee to repeal the antiscience law — nicknamed the "monkey bill" — adopted there in 2012. The resolution reads, in its entirety:
The law in question, enacted as Tenn. Code Ann. §49-6-1030, encourages teachers to present the "scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses" of topics that arouse "debate and disputation" such as "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning."
Groups opposing the law include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the National Earth Science Teachers Association, and the Tennessee Science Teachers Association.