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Texas To Consider Bill Allowing Master's Degrees In Creationism

Hey, if those God-haters at the higher education board won't let your school grant master's degrees in creationism, just get your friendly local legislator to pass a law that forces them to do it.
State Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) proposed House Bill 2800 when he learned that The Institute for Creation Research (ICR), a private institution that specializes in the education and research of biblical creationism, was not able to receive a certificate of authority from Texas' Higher Education Coordinating Board to grant Master of Science degrees. Berman's bill would allow private, non-profit educational institutions to be exempt from the board’s authority. “If you don’t take any federal funds, if you don’t take any state funds, you can do a lot more than some business that does take state funding or federal funding,” Berman says. “Why should you be regulated if you don’t take any state or federal funding?” HB 2800 does not specifically name ICR; it would allow any institution that meets its criteria to be exempt from the board's authority. But Berman says ICR was the inspiration for the bill because he feels creationism is as scientific as evolution and should be granted equal weight in the educational community. “I don’t believe I came from a salamander that crawled out of a swamp millions of years ago,” Berman told "I do believe in creationism. I do believe there are gaps in evolution."
Does this story mean that you can get already get an undergrad degree in creationism?

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