Washington, 1973 - HB 1021
A bill that will not allow the teaching of evolution unless it gives equal time and resources to religious teachings. "Theistic evolution (the belief that the creator acted through the process of evolution) is not to be considered as an acceptable attempt to teach both viewpoints at once."
On March 12, 1973, Representatives Pullen and Paris introduced House Bill No. 1021. This bill was referred to the Committee on Education where it remained. As a result, this bill was indefinitely postponed and was not presented for further consideration by the House of Representatives.
BILL NO. 1021
An Act relating to education, and the teaching of multiple philosophical viewpoints (thought by some to be scientific or religious) in certain public educational institutions; and adding a new section to chapter 223, Laws of 1969 ex. sess. and to chapter 28A.05 RCW. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Washington:
New Section. Section 1. There is added to chapter 223, Laws of 1969 ex. sess. and to chapter 28A.05 RCW a new section to read as follows:
Neither evolution (natural materialistic process) or creation (by fiat) shall be taught or promoted in the public schools,orally, or by selection of materials used, to the exclusion of the other basic viewpoint. Both shall receive equally serious consideration and fair treatment within the context of the subject matter under consideration at the time.
Theistic evolution (the belief that the creator acted through the process of evolution) is not to be considered as an acceptable attempt to teach both viewpoints at once.
Further, neither catastrophism (the belief that changes have come about quickly, closely associated with the creation concept) or uniformitarianism (the belief that changes have come very slowly over very long periods of time, closely associated with the evolution viewpoint) shall be taught or promoted in the public schools, orally, or by selection of materials used, to the exclusion of the other, as an explanation of the present condition of the earth, or the process by which it came to be in its present state.
Each school district shall conduct in-service workshops and/or training session to adequately prepare all teachers for the above requirements by exposing them to the concepts, assumptions, and rationale underlying each basic viewpoint.
Textbooks, reference materials and other instructional materials touching on these areas, if they present these viewpoints as fact, shall be replaced by materials that are either unbiased, or in which the bias is acknowledged, when they would normally be replaced by reason of wear, deterioration, depreciation, or in the process of the selection of new texts, reference materials or instructional materials.