Haslam says may sign evolution bill

This image released by the journal Science shows the right hand skeleton of the adult female Australopithecus sediba against a modern human hand. A detailed analysis of 2 million-year-old bones found in South Africa offers the most powerful case so far in identifying the transitional figure that came before modern humans, findings some are calling a potential game-changer in understanding evolution. The hand, seen in a palmar view, lacks three wrist bones and four terminal phalanges, but is otherwise complete. (AP Photo/Peter Schmid, courtesy of Lee Berger and the University of Witwatersrand)

This image released by the journal Science shows the right hand skeleton of the adult female Australopithecus sediba against a modern human hand. A detailed analysis of 2 million-year-old bones found in South Africa offers the most powerful case so far in identifying the transitional figure that came before modern humans, findings some are calling a potential game-changer in understanding evolution. The hand, seen in a palmar view, lacks three wrist bones and four terminal phalanges, but is otherwise complete. (AP Photo/Peter Schmid, courtesy of Lee Berger and the University of Witwatersrand)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says he may sign a proposal that critics deride as the "monkey bill" for once again attacking evolution.

The measure, which would protect teachers who allow students to criticize scientific theories like evolution, is headed to the Republican governor after passing the Senate last month and the House last year.

When asked by a reporter on Monday if he's leaning toward signing the measure, Haslam said "probably so."

Haslam says he's talked with the State Board of Education about whether the bill will affect the current curriculum and what's being taught in schools regarding evolution, and he was told it won't.

Critics believe the proposal could possibly open the door for some religious teachings.


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