Indiana Republican Sponsors Bill To Teach Creationism In Public Schools

Indiana state Senator Dennis Kruse (R-District 14).Screengrab/AroundFortWayne/YouTube

Indiana state Sen. Dennis Kruse has a long history of introducing pro-creationist legislation.

Indiana state Senator Dennis Kruse (R-District 14) has introduced a bill that would allow public schools to require “the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation,” according to the National Center for Science Education.

Senate Bill 373 becomes the fifth bill of its kind that Kruse has introduced since 2000 — none of which have become law.

NCSE noted that the Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of teaching creation science in schools on more than one occasion:

The teaching of creation science in the public schools was ruled to be unconstitutional by a federal court in McLean v. Arkansas (1982) and by the Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987); the legal director of the ACLU of Indiana observed, of SB 89 in 2012, that the bill is clearly unconstitutional and would invite litigation.