Tell Tennessee: Vote Down The Anti-Evolution Law
  • Petitioned Sen. Dolores R. Gresham

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Chair, TN Senate Education Committee
Sen. Dolores R. Gresham
Tennessee Governor
Tennessee State Senate

Tell Tennessee: Vote Down The Anti-Evolution Law

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that a proposed law in Tennessee encouraging science teachers to "critique" the theory of evolution, human cloning and global warming is a thinly-veiled plan to put bad science in good schools.

A bill passed the Tennessee House of Representatives April 7 that would require state and local educational authorities to "assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies" and permit teachers to "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught."

One of the original drafters of the bill is no less than Focus On The Family, a group from the religious right that aims to put creationism back into the classroom. They succeeded in Mississippi, where science advocates are currently fighting to repeal the "anti-evolution law."

In Tennessee, it's now up to the State Senate to stop the bill. They're set to vote later this month. Sign this petition to tell them that Tennessee students deserve to learn science in science class.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

      Success? From the National Center for Science Education: The "monkey bill" is on hold

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      A letter published in The Jackson Sun, "HB368 veiled attempt to put creationism in schools"

    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Editorial from today in the Knoxville News Sentinel: "Science Education Bill Should Face Extinction":

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    • Mark Fagerlin HENDERSONVILLE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Evolution is not a controversial science. It is an established fact. Read, "Thank God for Evolution"!

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    • Samantha Trosky SWEET HOME CHICAGO AREA, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      While I was pregnant with my only child my mother was VERY ill and she lived in TN and begged me to move down there. It is such a horrible backwards state I refused to have THAT state on my child's birth certificate and I still stand by that even after she is now gone and my child is 7! This IS why!!!! What a moronic concept! It makes me so mad that I can hardly see straight!!! DISGUSTING!!!!

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    • Ran Ray WESTMINSTER, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      This is just a backdoor attempt to undermine settled science and to inject archaic notions of the fantasy of the Garden of Eden that is based on a book, The Holey Babble, that has had nothing new added to it for 1900 years, meanwhile human knowledge has surpassed all expectations in its prodigious amount of new understandings of the natural world.

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    • Ken Jackson UTUROA, RAIATEA ISLV, FRENCH POLYNESIA
      • over 3 years ago

      It doesn't take very much thought to see through the veil of ignorance that is being foisted on the americans these days. I am no longer a citizen of your banana republic, nor are my children or grandchildren. Oh well, when you implode the rest of the world will get along just fine.

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    • matt warren ALAMEDA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      it dosnt make sense to go backwards in education. superstitious non sense has no place in polotics, education and life in general.

      KEEP YOUR FUCKING RELIGION OUT OF YOUNG PEOPLES HEADS. GIVE THEM AN EDUCATION THAT WILL HELP THEM NOT HOLD THEM BACK!

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