Jen McCreight reports that the Indiana Senate passed that creationism bill by a 28-22 vote. But after passing out of committee, it was amended on the floor to broaden it out in an attempt to avoid being struck down by the courts. The original bill said:
The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation.
But the version that passed said:
The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life. The curriculum for the course must include theories from multiple religions, which may include, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Scientology.
Sorry, it’s still going to be struck down by the courts. And there aren’t any theories from any of those religions. In science, the word “theory” doesn’t mean “ridiculous myth” or “wild-assed guess.” It means a systematic, testable explanation for a range of data.