Despite what the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana says, a pro-family advocate assures that a bill pending in the Indiana Legislature that would allow public schools to teach about creationism is constitutional.

The one-sentence bill, proposed by Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse, passed 8-2 in the Senate’s Education Committee, but the ACLU says it will never stand up in court. However, as Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute points out, teaching creationism would be optional.

“It allows the governing body of a school corporation, which is typically the school board, to say We want to have a more balanced approached in our science so that students come out with a healthy respect for other opinions,” he explains.

Smith doubts there is enough time this session to get the measure through the legislature, but he does think there is a good chance it will pass in 2013.

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