Bible-as-science-reference bill in Idaho defused?

Idaho's Senate Bill 1321 (PDF) — which originally would have permitted the use of the Bible in Idaho's public schools "for reference purposes to further the study of" a variety of topics, including "astronomy, biology, [and] geology" — is reportedly going to be amended to omit the references to the sciences.

According to Idaho Education News (February 26, 2016), when the Senate State Affairs Committee considered the bill, "Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa [District 12], suggested striking the sciences from this list [of topics] — as a safeguard against using the Bible to teach creationism. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against teaching creationism in public schools." 

The senator who proposed the bill, Sheryl Nuxoll (R-District 7), indicated that she was amenable to the revision, and the committee voted to send the bill — now as Senate Bill 1342 (PDF) — to the Senate floor for amendments. "But," Idaho Education News noted, "there are no guarantees. When a bill is opened up for amendment, any lawmaker can propose any change."

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