Re: text of new Tenn anti-evol. bill

Christopher King (ckin8144@ACC.FAU.EDU)
Sun, 3 Mar 1996 10:14:14 -0400

So Tennessee law will state that evolution must be taught as theory and
not stated fact. For me this is a nonsense bill since evolution is only
a theory. Whether someone believes the theory to be fact is another
issue. All the teacher is supposed to do is give the evidence in an
objective manner so that the students can decide for themselves. The
teacher does not in any way have to profess his/her beliefs.


Christopher A. King
Graduate Student of Anthropology
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991
Phone: 407-367-3230 Fax: 407-367-2744 E-mail:

On Sat, 2 Mar 1996, John Cole. wrote:

> Filed for intro on 01/31/96
> By Burks
> AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Section
> 49-5-501 and Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 10, relative to the
> teaching of the theory of evolution.
> SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter
> 6, Part 10, is amended by adding the foIlowing new section
> thereto:
> >>>> Section 49-6-1012. No teacher or administrator in a
> local education agency shall teach the theory of evolution
> except as a scientific theory. Any teacher or administrator
> teaching such theory as fact commits insubordination, as
> defined in Section 49-5-501(a)(6), and
> shall be dismissed or suspended as provided in Section 49-5-511.
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section
> 49-5-501(a)(6), is amended by redesignating subdivisions (C)
> and (D) to be subdivisions (D) and (E) and by adding a new
> subdivision (C), as follows:
> (C) Violation of the provisions of Section 49-6-1012,
> relative to the teaching of evolution;
> SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a
> law, the public welfare requiring it.
> *****
> Expected to pass nearly unanimouasly by mid-March
> --Cheers,
> John R. Cole
> (more info from or its pubs......) Sign up--the fight did not
> end in 1925 or 1987 court rooms!
> --Boundary (ID McKcFujw+X6K8eE6gOdmgQ)--