Debate over evolution now allowed in Tenn. schools
A bill that encourages classroom debate over evolution will become law in Tennessee, despite a veto campaign mounted by scientists and civil libertarians who say it will reopen a decades-old controversy over teaching creationism to the state's schoolchildren.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said that he will allow House Bill 368/Senate Bill 893 to become law without his signature, a symbolic move that signals his opposition but allows the measure to be added to the state code.
"The bill received strong bipartisan support, passing the House and Senate by a 3-to-1 margin," he said Tuesday. "But good legislation should bring clarity and not confusion. My concern is that this bill has not met this objective."...
"Now, this has very great implication for the society. In practical terms, it means that the society deteriorates and becomes disorganised gradually. There is degeneration in its moral force, its spiritual stamina, the vigor of its character, the effectiveness of its character, the effectiveness of its religion and the sense of law and order. In Hindu scriptures, it has, therefore, been said that the moral and spiritual energy of the society goes on degenerating so that, ultimately, it reaches a stage of maximum entropy when God has to intervene to reverse the entropy and to bring about Satyuga or Golden Age when all material things have maximum energy-concentration, i.e. are Sato-pradhan and the souls also have maximum â€˜availableâ€™ moral and spiritual energy."
"the Romans also originally believed in a process of continual degradation. In Roman mythology, it is said: "Time depreciates the value of the world." The Christian view of history is also almost the same. Though they abandoned the Greek concept of cycles--they believe that, originally, God created man in His own image and sin entered into the world later." Entropy