A new bill in the South Dakota legislature, sponsored by six senators and seven representatives, would allow public school science teachers to teach intelligent design “or other related topics.” It would forbid school administrators from preventing them from doing so:
An Act to prohibit schools from preventing the instruction of intelligent design.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That chapter 13-33 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
No school board or school administrator may prohibit a teacher in public or nonpublic school from providing instruction on intelligent design or other related topics.
This, of course, is unconstitutional as Judge Jones ruled in the Dover trial. Indeed, this law invites schools and teachers into what we’ve long been calling the Dover Trap. They’re encouraging teachers to teach something that will end up with them in court and facing a huge legal bill. Worse, this bill prevents school administrators from even protecting themselves or their schools against such suits. Very bad idea.