It is our position Senate Bill 89, allowing creationism to be taught alongside evolution in public schools, is a waste of taxpayer money. In the past, several states have attempted to pass legislation requiring the teaching of religious creationism in science classes. The Supreme Court already ruled on this very issue in 1987. The bill’s sponsor, Dennis Kruse, has acknowledged the bill may be problematic, but in his arrogance, he is confident the Supreme Court will reverse itself. If Indiana is forced to challenge this backward-thinking legislation through various appeals and federal courts, it could cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.
What is the real purpose of this bill? Perhaps it is a sincere – if misguided – effort to treat Biblical religion as if it were science. Perhaps it is a smoke screen for Mr. Kruse’s next reelection campaign, so he can say to the voters, “Well, I tried!” Whatever his motives, we urge the House to reject this bill, and if they do not, then we strongly recommend Gov. Mitch Daniels veto it. If Indiana parents want their children to be taught creationism, we suggest they take advantage of the taxpayer-funded voucher system and send them to parochial school.