INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The lead sponsor of last year’s effort to allow the
teaching of creationism in Indiana schools is altering his efforts this year
in favor of a “truth in education” measure.
Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse says the proposal would
encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom.
Lawmakers approved such a measure over the governor’s objections in
Tennessee, where that has translated into questioning evolution.
Kruse led an effort during the 2012 session to allow teaching of creationism
in Indiana’s public schools. He said Tuesday the new proposal doesn’t
specify that religion should be taught or evolution questioned.
Opponents of the creationism proposal last session amended it to
incorporated origin-of-life theories from multiple religions. House Speaker
Brian Bosma shelved the bill, saying it appeared unconstitutional.