Washington, 1975 - SB 2444
A bill that bans the teaching of evolution unless equal time is given to the creation account.
On February 7, 1975, Senators Pullen, Jolly, Lewis and Sellar introduced Senate Bill No. 2444. This bill was referred to the Committee on Education where it remained. As a result this bill was indefinitely postponed and was not presented for further consideration by the Senate.
SENATE BILL NO. 2444
An Act relating to education, and the teaching of multiple philosophical viewpoints in certain public educational institutions; and adding a new section to chapter 223, Laws of 1969 ex. sess. and to chapter 28A.05 RCW.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Washington:
New Section. Section 1. There is added to chapter 223, Laws of 1969 ex. sess. and to chapter 28A.05 RCW a new section to read as follows:
Neither evolution (natural materialistic process) or creation (by fiat) shall be taught in the public schools, orally, or by selection of materials used, to the exclusion of the other basic viewpoint. Both shall receive equally serious consideration and fair treatment within the context of the subject matter under consideration at the time.
Theistic evolution (the belief that the creator acted through the process of evolution) may be taught as part of, but not instead of, the two basic viewpoints.
Further, neither catastrophism (the belief that changes have come about quickly, closely associated with the creation concept) or uniformitarianism (the belief that changes have come very slowly over very long periods of time, closely associated with the evolution viewpoint) shall be taught in the public schools, orally, or by selection of materials used, to the exclusion of the other, as an explanation of the other, as an explanation of the present condition of the earth, or the process by which it came to be in its present state.
Textbooks, reference materials and other instructional materials touching on these areas, shall, i f they present these viewpoints as fact, be replaced by materials that are either unbiased, or in which the bias is acknowledged, when they would normally be replaced by reason of wear, deterioration, depreciation, or in the process of the selection of new texts, reference materials or instructional materials.
This section shall not be construed as either requiring or authorizing the teaching of either creation or evolution in any manner other than as an impartial objective study.