Chalk up another win for the “Preach the Controversy” gambit injecting creationism into public schools. The governor of Tennessee has decided not to sign the bill, and not to veto it either. This will allow the bill to become law without necessarily making the governor personally accountable for its contents—which are pretty bad.
In any case, the legislators want to do what they can to enable science teachers to teach the controversy. To that end, they’re basically attempting to block any educational authority—school board, principal, the state board of education—from punishing a teacher for covering the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.”
Discovery Institute, of course, has already supplied “supplementary texts” suitable for classroom use, so I think we ought to come up with our own supplement. Let’s call it: “Too Stupid to Design Evolution: Insights into the Intelligence of the Intelligent Designer.” We can point out how dumb it would be to build a genetic code whose primary purpose is to prevent species from being able to evolve to adapt to changing conditions and expand into new ecological niches. We can use Dembski’s “random chance” proctostatistics as evidence the Intelligent Designer overlooked the rich potential inherent in making some probabilities more likely than others. We might even toss in a few observations regarding the efficiency of various “designs” He is alleged to come up with.
And the best part is that in Tennessee, a science teacher would be protected, by this new law, from suffering any legal penalties for this bold exercise in critical thinking.