Idaho Republicans Pushing Bill That Would Allow Creationism to be Taught in Science Classes

creationism-1No matter how unconstitutional it is, Republicans are forever trying to interject the Bible into places where it doesn’t belong. It all goes together with their continued insistence that this nation was “founded on Christianity” – even though there’s not a single mention of the religion anywhere in our Constitution.

Well, in the last few years there’s been an increased push by creationists to get creationism taught in schools in our science classes. It’s an absurd notion to most people – even plenty of conservatives – but it’s a movement nonetheless that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Take for instance a push by Idaho Republicans that would essentially pave the way for creationism to find its way into classrooms, potentially taught alongside evolution in science classes.

Here’s a part of the proposal of the bill (via Patheos): 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Idaho County Central Committee encourages the Idaho legislature to draft and support a bill stating that the Bible is expressly permitted to be used in Idaho public schools for reference purposes to further the study of literature, comparative religion, English and foreign languages, U.S. and world history, comparative government, law, philosophy, ethics, astronomy, biology, geology, world geography, archaeology, music, sociology, and other topics of study where an understanding of the Bible may be useful or relevant.

Now, is the Bible a relevant book to discuss in some classes? Absolutely. Heck, it’s played a vital part of many significant events in human history. But why would the Bible need to be used in any of the science classes?

And that’s the catch. What this bill does is it essentially allows schools to use the Bible in any subject they want. So, in biology for example, if a teacher wants to talk about creationism instead of evolution, that would be technically allowed. After all, the Bible would be “permitted to be used” in schools as “a reference.” Same for astronomy, geology and archaeology. Teachers could literally have a textbook that states facts, then use the Bible to counter those facts with creationist nonsense.

In other words, what this bill does is it basically opens the door for the Bible to be used as a textbook in essentially every class taught in Idaho public schools. Granted, they’re trying to paint it as a “reference,” but anyone with even a shred of common sense knows exactly what this bill is aiming to do.

These are the kinds of tactics they use while trying to infringe on abortion rights. They can’t place an outright ban on abortion, so instead they try to use loopholes and back channel methods to try to make abortions almost unobtainable.

Since Republicans can’t outright make the Bible a textbook, or teach religion in public schools, they’re trying to get it into classrooms under the guise of being a “reference book.”

While this bill hasn’t been voted on (let alone passed), with a Republican governor and a very Republican state legislature, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if this bill does get implemented in the very near future. If that happens, it’s all but a lock to be challenged all the way through the courts.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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