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When Tennessee's legislature debated a "Monkey Bill" in 2012, NCSE joined with concerned citizens to protect science classes. The bill's text singles out evolution and climate change, as if those topics were scientifically controversial, and it blocks school administrators from maintaining a consistent curriculum. It opens the door for creationist parents or students to disrupt classrooms, or for teachers who deny the basic science of climate change to present pseudoscience.
In 2012, Tennessee’s legislature enacted a 21st century "Monkey Law," a law opening the state’s science classrooms to lessons in creationism, climate change denial, and other nonscience.
HOUSE BILL 368 By Dunn
An anti-evolution and climate change-denying bill (SB 893/HB 368) could come to a vote in the Tennessee legislature as early as Monday, March 19. The teachers, parents, and scientists of Tennessee need your help to stop it.
Creationism is coming to a campus near you.
Even if you are not eligible to sign this statement, there are lots of ways to support good science education. For example, if your local newspapers cover the AIG “museum,” be sure to respond to any inaccurate representations. Write a letter to the editor!
The statement of concern has been signed by scientists from the institutions below.
Please note: This list is provided for reference only. It does not imply endorsement by the institutions listed.
Alice Lloyd Coll
Big Sandy Comm and Tech Coll
Bluegrass Comm Coll
Eastern Kentucky Univ
Hazard Comm and Tech Coll
Henderson Comm Coll
Kentucky Archeological Survey
Lindsey Wilson Coll
Parents, educators, scientists, clergy, and other citizens are concerned about scientifically inaccurate exhibits at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, operated by Answers in Genesis, a fundamentalist Christian ministry.
The statement below has been prepared by and for scientists in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Please feel free to sign if you are a scientist (faculty or post-doctoral level) from these states. And please circulate this statement among your colleagues.
You should register early on Friday, 20 March 2009, or on Monday, 23 March, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central Time).
You may register in one of three ways: