• Earlier creationism: “Odin and his brothers create the world”

Amy Greene, a Tennessee novelist, is troubled by recent legislative developments in her state. Her op-ed in Saturday’s New York Times noted a senate-approved measure “that would ban teachers from discussing hand-holding, which it categorizes as ‘gateway sexual activity,'” and went on to discuss a new state law “that effectively allows creationism to be taught in our classrooms.”

Greene wrote that Bill Haslam, the governor, had misgivings with this law but went along. I think he should have gone along enthusiastically. “What a great teaching moment,” he could have said. “I want every graduate of the public schools of Tennessee to understand the theory of evolution and why people believe in it and the theory of creationism and why people believe in it. Science and faith are the twin foundations of America and our kids deserve to be as thoroughly grounded in both as their country is.”

Would anyone have a problem with that? Only people who think of education as indoctrination and as a zero-sum game—the more we get of our doctrine in the classroom the less they get of theirs. Is that almost everybody?