Since before Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in 1600 for espousing Copernicus’s theory that the sun did not revolve around the earth, science has always been religion’s greatest threat; if one begins to question a single biblical teaching contradicted by science, what’s to prevent one from questioning the entire doctrine?
Even now, more than 400 years after Bruno dared to suggest the insignificance of humankind amongst the cosmos, those steeped in religious beliefs are still seeking ways to quell the questioning.
Back in 2000, Dennis Kruse, as an Indiana State Representative, proposed a bill allowing schools to teach creationism as part of their science curriculum. But it was quashed by the education committee chair, who decided not to give it a hearing.
So Kruse sat back and waited until the time was right to reintroduce his bill. “I have thought about introducing it over the last decade,” he told the Christian Post in a January 2012 interview. “And decided not to do so until this year.”
And he did. As a Republican State Senator in Indiana, Kruse decided that 2012 was the right time for pushing SB 89, a bill allowing schools to teach creationism as part of their science curriculum. The bill read: “The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life. The curriculum for the course must include theories from multiple religions, which may include, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Scientology.”
But Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, fearing costly lawsuits, once again thwarted Kruse’s efforts and tabled the legislation.
Not one to give up easily, Kruse has decided to try again in 2013, calling his bill “Truth in Education.” According to the Associated Press, Kruse is working to draft the legislation with some help from the extreme organization known as the Discovery Institute, the goal of which is to transform American into a theocracy by shaping public policy to reflect evangelical Christian values. (You can read the entirety of their rather chilling “Wedge” manifesto here)
According to AP, Kruse is taking a slightly different approach this time, utilizing advice from the Discovery Institute and shaping his bill as an “academic freedom” proposal in order to jive with constitutional requirements. In other words, “The teacher would not be barred from saying, ‘Let’s look at both sides of the evidence and you guys can basically make a judgment,’” Josh Youngkin, Discovery Institute program officer, told AP.
In other ‘intelligent-design’ news, longtime creationism proponent Mike Wilson, Kentucky State Senator, just became the chairman of Kentucky’s Senate Education Committee, though he told Kentucky’s Courier-Journal that he had no plans on focusing on that issues. “Number one, I don’t think there’s sufficient support for it within the General Assembly,” he said. “Number two, I don’t think that’s the most important thing by any means that we need to be focused on right now.”
It’s the “right now” part that will undoubtedly have evolutionists keeping a close eye on Kentucky’s education policy.