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Flat earth next?
Alabama Texts to have message on Evolution
From St. Louis Post Dispatch 11 November 1995 Montgomery, Ala
The Alabama state school board voted 6-1 with one abstention
Thursday to insert a message in new biology textbooks telling
students that evolution is a theory not a fact.
The message was requested by members of the conservative Eagle
Forum, which argued that evolution was presented in the
textbooks as indisputable. The 250-word insert begins, "This
textbook discusses evolution, a controversial theory some
scientists present as a scientific explanation for the origin of
living things, such as plants, animals and humans. No one was
present when life first appeared on Earth. Therefore any
statement about life;s origins should be considered as theory,
It concludes with ""Study hard and keep an open mind. Someday
you may contribute to the theories of how livings things
appeared on Earth."
One member abstained. Gov. Fob James, ex-officio president of
the board, was absent, bug said earlier that he believed the
Bible's account of the creation of life.
Ethel Hall, the board vice present who dissented, said the
wording of the insert was too complicated for ninth-graders.
"It has more to do with peoples' religious beliefs that they can
separate" from scientific thought, she said.
Landis D. Ragon
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