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ACLU of Tennessee calls for "monkey bill" veto

"Tennessee is dangerously close to enacting a law that would gut science education in public schools," writes the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee in the Knoxville News-Sentinel (April 5, 2012).

A renewed assault on science in Oklahoma

The attack on the teaching of evolution and of climate change in Oklahoma continues, despite the failure of House Bill 1551 and Senate Bill 1742.

Los Angeles Times on Tennessee's "monkey bill"

Tennessee "is seeking to join a number of states in which evolution is being questioned," the Los Angeles Times (April 1, 2012) editorially observed. "That's dumb."

Oklahoma antiscience bill dies

Oklahoma's House Bill 1551, one of two bills attacking the teaching of evolution and of climate change active in the Oklahoma legislature during 2012, is now in effect dead, according to Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education.

Continued opposition to Tennessee's "monkey bill"

Tennessee's House Bill 368 was sent to Governor Bill Haslam on March 29, 2012 — and columnists in newspapers across the state are continuing to press the case against the bill.

Opposition to Oklahoma's antiscience bill

As Oklahoma's House Bill 1551 is under consideration in a state senate committee, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers have all expressed their opposition to the bill, which would, if enacted, encourage teachers to present the "scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses" of "controversial" topics such as "biological evolution" and "global warming."

NCSE's Scott on Tennessee's "monkey bills"

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While visiting Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to speak at Middle Tennessee State University, NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott discussed the state's "monkey bills" with the Daily News Journal (March 26, 2012).

Tennessee "monkey bill" passes legislature

House Bill 368 (PDF) passed the Tennessee House of Representatives on a 72-23 vote on March 26, 2012, the Chattanooga Times Free Press (March 26, 2012) reports.

Prospect of a new Scopes trial

Three of Tennessee's top scientists warn, "the Tennessee legislature is doing the unbelievable: attempting to roll the clock back to 1925 by attempting to insert religious beliefs in the teaching of science." In a column published in the Nashville Tennessean (March 25, 2012), Roger D. Cone, Robert G. Webster, and Jon Kaas — all distinguished Tennessee scientists and members of the National Academy of Sciences — argue that Tennessee's "monkey bills" "are misleading, unnecessary, likely to provoke unnecessary and divisive legal proceedings, and likely to have adverse economic consequences for the state."

Nobelists and the "monkey bills"

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A Tennesseean Nobel laureate in science, Stanley Cohen, already denounced (PDF) Tennessee's "monkey bills" as promising to "miseducate students, harm the state's national reputation, and weaken its efforts to compete in a science-driven global economy." But what would his fellow laureates say?

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