Bill might protect students who, like its sponsor, think Earth is 6,000 years old. - From Ars Technica
Would the university run afoul of this law if it did so again?
And, of course, some are worried that students could use this law to shield themselves from having to recognize scientific facts that are publicly controversial.
(The Earth is, as a matter of empirical fact, a little over 4.5 billion years old.) And although the bill is not focused on classrooms, Kremer suggested that such a student could potentially bring a complaint to a “Council on Free Expression” the bill would create—a body composed of leaders from each state school and two politicians.
Another Republican sponsor of the bill, Representative Robin Vos, invoked climate change as a “public controversy of the day.” He said, “Probably the biggest debate is global warming.
I think both sides should be brought to campus and let students decide.” Vos, a critic of the state’s universities who has sought to limit tenure for faculty, has complained that most invited speakers are liberal.