Creationism Bill Stopped By House Leader
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A bill that would allow Indiana public schools to teach creationism theories in class has been shelved.
The original bill proposed by State Sen. Dennis Kruse simply sought to allow individual school districts to decide whether or not to teach creationism in science or social studies classes. The Senate passed it January 31, but not before amending the bill to reference multiple faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and more.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) used a procedural move to stop it.
“It seemed to me not to be a productive discussion, particularly in light that there is a United States Supreme Court case that appears to be on point that very similar language is counter to the constitution,” Bosma told the Associated Press.
Bosma said if the bill became law, it would have likely triggered a lawsuit against the state.
Kruse said he may introduce the same legislation again during the 2013 legislative session.