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Tennessee passes anti-evolution bill

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed HB 368 to become state law last week, opting neither to sign nor veto the bill. The law encourages teachers to present the "scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses" of topics that include evolution and climate science.

In a statement, Haslam declined to challenge the bill, pointing out that the bill received bipartisan support in the state legislature by a wide margin and that he doesn't "believe [the bill] accomplishes anything that isn't already acceptable in our schools."

He stopped short of endorsing the bill, however,  saying "good legislation should bring clarity and not confusion" and the bill "has not met this objective.\" Tennessee becomes the second state after Louisiana to pass a bill of this nature.

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