MY TURN: Too much monkey business

Lee Meredith, WMC-TV general manager.
Lee Meredith, WMC-TV general manager.

(WMC-TV) – And so the national headlines read "Monkey Bill Becomes Law," "Echoes of evolution debate return to Tennessee," or how about this one, "Tennessee Devolving."

Who cares if the rest of world is laughing at us if we know we're doing the right thing?

In this case, we are not.

Tennessee lawmakers passed the so-called "Academic Freedom" bill which supporters say protects teachers who allow students to criticize scientific theories like evolution.

Opponents say this is a poorly disguised way of opening the door to allow Creationism to be discussed in the classroom.

We live in a world of global competition and many other countries now routinely outdo us when it comes to math and science, and yet the Tennessee House and Senate would rather rejuvenate our reputation as the home of the Scopes Monkey Trial.

We've come to expect hijinks like this from them, but we had hoped that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam would be the adult in the room.

Instead, he allowed a bill he said he did not like to become law without exercising his right to veto.

That's unfortunate.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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