Republican Tennessee Governor To Allow Creationism Bill To Become Law

Despite his professed reservations on a Republican-backed bill that will introduce creationism into Tennessee’s public schools, Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has said he will allow H.B 368/S.B 893 to become law today. The measure, which passed by a 3-1 margin in the legislature, protects public school teachers who choose to teach creationism alongside evolution, and opens the door for other anti-science curricula like climate change denialism. Haslam will not sign the bill, instead relying on a state provision that says a bill will become law if no action is taken within 10 days.