SB 89 Creationism Bill Vote in Indiana Senate Monday

I received this e-mail from the NCSE, which I assume the author will not mind me reproducing here in order to get the word out as quickly and effectively as possible:

Dear Indiana NCSE members and friends,

As you probably know Senate Bill 89, which would permit the teaching of “creation science” in Indiana science classes was approved by the Senate Education and Career Development committee last Wednesday on an 8-2 vote.

The bill is now on the agenda for the Senate’s next meeting, Monday January 30, which convenes at 2:00 pm.

It’s not too late to contact your senator and express your opinion about this bill. At this point the best method would be a phone call to your senator’s office rather than an email which may not be read until after the vote. Most legislators keep track of contacts from constituents, even if it’s just a count of the numbers supporting or opposing some measure.

You don’t need to talk to a person, just leave a brief message on the office voice mail system. You can call over the weekend. Don’t wait until Monday, unless you don’t receive this message until then.

We suggest that you just give your name and town [so they know you live in their district], say that you are calling in regard to SB 89 on Monday’s agenda, that you oppose the bill and hope they will vote against it.

You don’t need to give a detailed reason for opposing the bill. If you want to give a brief reason, we recommend pointing out that public schools already can teach ABOUT religious concepts in appropriate classes, that “creation science” has repeatedly been ruled unconstitutional, and that passing this bill will only lead to unnecessary lawsuits and costs to the taxpayers in any district which carries it through.

To find your senator’s office phone number click on their name from this page:

If you’re not certain who your senator is, start here:

Thank you for your interest and help with this issue.

Eric Meikle

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