July/August 2012 Church & State | AU Bulletin

A bill that would have established a “credit-for-creationism” scheme died in the Alabama legislature on May 16, the final day of the 2012 session, according to the National Center for Science Education.  

Rep. Blaine Galliher (R-Rainbow City) sponsored the measure that would have allowed public schools to establish “released-time” programs for high school students. House Bill 133 was intended to give students class credit for courses in creationism taken off-campus.

The Birmingham News said Galliher introduced his measure “at the request of one of his constituents, Joseph Kennedy, a member of Southside Baptist Church near Gadsden. Kennedy said he would like to see a non-profit group teach creationism to public school students if Galliher’s bill becomes law.”

Galliher told WAFF-TV, “Creation has just as much right to be taught in the school system as evolution does, and I think this is simply providing the vehicle to do that.”

Americans United Communications Director Joseph L. Conn criticized the scheme in a “Wall Of Separation” blog post.

“Creationism, no matter how you disguise it, is not science; it’s a religious belief,” he said. “Call it ‘creation science’ or ‘intelligent design’ if you like, but it’s still the same old fundamentalist Christian doctrine gussied up as science to try to slip it into biology classrooms.”