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For the PDF challenged, here is the text of Resolution 17:
Filed for intro on 02/21/2007
SENATE RESOLUTION 17
By Finney R.
A RESOLUTION to request the commissioner of education to
provide answers to questions concerning
creationism and public school curriculums in
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED FIFTH GENERAL
ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, that the commissioner of the department of
education, in consultation with any other persons whether within or without state government, is
hereby respectfully requested by this body to respond to the following questions:
(1) Is the Universe and all that is within it, including human beings, created through
purposeful, intelligent design by a Supreme Being, that is a Creator?
Understand that this question does not ask that the Creator be given a name. To
name the Creator is a matter of faith. The question simply asks whether the Universe
has been created or has merely happened by random, unplanned, and purposeless
Further understand that this question asks that the latest advances in multiple
scientific disciplines –such as physics, astronomy, molecular biology, DNA studies,
physiology, paleontology, mathematics, and statistics – be considered, rather than
relying solely on descriptive and hypothetical suppositions.
If the answer to Question 1 is “Yes,” please answer Question 2:
(2) Since the Universe, including human beings, is created by a Supreme Being (a
Creator), why is creationism not taught in Tennessee public schools?
If the answer to Question 1 is “This question cannot be proved or disproved,” please
answer Question 3:
(3) Since it cannot be determined whether the Universe, including human beings, is
created by a Supreme Being (a Creator), why is creationism not taught as an
alternative concept, explanation, or theory, along with the theory of evolution in
Tennessee public schools?
If the answer to Question 1 is “No” please accept the General Assembly’s admiration for
being able to decide conclusively a question that has long perplexed and occupied the
attention of scientists, philosophers, theologians, educators, and others.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the commissioner of education is requested to
deliver her response to this request in report form to the Speaker of the Senate before January
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared
and sent to the commissioner of education.