Is 'Academic Freedom' a Disguise for Religion?

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In 1925, a Tennessee jury convicted John Scopes for questioning the Bible by teaching Evolution. More recently, it's become a required science. But now the legislature has passed a law allowing teachers to raise "scientific weaknesses" about Evolution, along with Global Warming. The new law – which protects teachers from helping students "review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories" including… evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning" -- will become law unless Governor Bill Haslam vetoes it today, which he's not likely to do. Science educators say there are no such "weaknesses," and warn that Tennessee could become a laughing stock for teaching pseudo science. The legal language denies any intention of promoting religion, but the ACLU is threatening to sue.  We hear both sides.

Credits

Guests:
David Fowler - Family Action Council of Tennessee, Larisa DeSantis - Vanderbilt University, Edward Larson - Pepperdine University School of Law, Josh Rosenau - National Center for Science Education - @JoshRosenau, Casey Luskin - Discovery Institute

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg, Sonya Geis, Lata Pandya, Christian Bordal