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Tennessee Senate passes bill allowing creationism in schools

The Tennessee Senate passed a bill allowing teachers to advocate for creationism and openly oppose climate change in class. The bill’s wording says it’s “protecting the right to open discussion.” The bill cleared the Senate with a 24-8 vote. It says teachers cannot be punished for “helping students to understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.” The bill is opposed by virtually every scientific and civil-rights groups in the nation, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Center for Science Education and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Religious rape

A religious leader was found guilty of rape for commanding the rape of a 15-year-old Utah girl and then having sex with her himself.  Terrill Dalton, president of the Church of the Firstborn of the General Assembly of Heaven, was convicted of two, first-degree felony counts stemming from the 2005 incident in Magna, Utah. Dalton could face two life sentences.

Georgia student reprimanded

A Georgia student says that administrators removed him as student body president after he promoted changes trying to make the school’s prom more inclusive to gay students. Reuben Lack filed a lawsuit in a federal court, asking the judge to issue an injunction reinstating him as the student body president.  Rather than have gender-specific prom royalty, Lack suggested using terms such as “prom court.” He said he was told by administrators that he was removed from his position for pushing personal agendas.

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