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Texas lawmaker: Colleges shouldn’t discriminate against creationism research

Apr 18, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle

A backdoor way to mix religion and government? Probably!!!

Texas lawmaker: Colleges shouldn’t discriminate against creationism research

By (Eric Berger)

A Texas lawmaker wants to make the state’s colleges and universities safe for creationism.

State Rep. Bill Zedler, from Arlington seems to want to mix religion and government in Texas and allow government research to prove that the Christian God created the world with creationism State Rep. Bill Zedler, from Arlington, has filed legislation (HB 285) that would prohibit discrimination by colleges and universities against faculty members and students who want to conduct research relating to intelligent design.

Here’s the principal text from the legislation:

No institution of higher education may discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.
The bill will be heard this afternoon in the Higher Education Committee, chaired by Dan Branch.

Now I am the last person to advocate for discrimination. With that being said, it is not the law that should rule what is studied at institutions of higher learning, but rather the faculty and students themselves.

And if scientific faculty members decide they don’t want to conduct theology research in their scientific laboratories, then they should have the right to make that determination.