Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has resolutely conjured up the courage to do absolutely nothing on the creationism bill passed by the state legislature, lamely allowing it to become law without his signature or his veto in a cowardly attempt to have it both ways.
“I have reviewed the final language of HB 368/SB 893 and assessed the legislation’s impact. I have also evaluated the concerns that have been raised by the bill. I do not believe that this legislation changes the scientific standards that are taught in our schools or the curriculum that is used by our teachers. However, I also don’t believe that it accomplishes anything that isn’t already acceptable in our schools.
“The bill received strong bipartisan support, passing the House and Senate by a three-to-one margin, but good legislation should bring clarity and not confusion. My concern is that this bill has not met this objective. For that reason, I will not sign the bill but will allow it to become law without my signature.”
Clearly he has the courage of no convictions at all. This law will inevitably lead to a second Scopes Trial in Tennessee as teachers and school boards take the invitation to teach the “scientific weaknesses” of evolution to introduce creationism into science classrooms. It’s the Dover trap all over again, and local school districts will pay a very high price for it.