Last week the state of Tennessee passed a law that forces science teachers to teach alternate religious teachings of supposedly “controversial” scientific theories if a student brings those religious teachings up in class.This bill specifically mentions evolution and global warming, which indicates that the purpose of this bill is actually to teach creationism in science classes.

Now, the problem with this bill is that because the United States does NOT have a government sponsored religion, if a student brings it up, teachers will have to teach Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Scientology.. even Pastafarianism, where believers think that the world was created by a flying spaghetti monster.

Now, I wonder how the creators of this bill will feel when their kids come home talking about how pirates are magical creatures and that we need to stop killing them as that is contributing to global warming. So the unintended consequences of this bill are that every religion will now have to be taught in government paid for science classes as opposed to science.

It’s probably best if science classes stuck with science and religious classes stuck with religion.

Tennessee teacher law could boost creationism, climate denial.

The actual bill SB 0893.

New Law Says Creationism Is A-OK in Tennessee Public Schools

Student punished for Spaghetti Monster beliefs.

More about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

How a US soldier finally got his Pastafarian dog tags.

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