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Antievolution legislation in Mississippi Senate


Senate Bill 2427, introduced in the Mississippi Senate and referred to the Committee on Education on January 10, 2005, would, if enacted, ensure that "[n]o local school board, school superintendent or school principal shall prohibit a public school classroom teacher from discussing and answering questions from individual students on the issue of flaws or problems which may exist in Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution and the existence of other theories of evolution, includ

NCSE on the newsstand


NCSE is featured in three major publications -- The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, and Scientific American -- now on newsstands.

Two antievolution bills in Alabama


On January 10, 2006, two identical bills -- House Bill 106 and Senate Bill 45 -- were introduced in the Alabama legislature, under the rubric of "The Academic Freedom Act," and referred to the Committees on Education of their respective chambers.

Utah's SB 96 approved by committee


Utah's Senate Bill 96, sponsored by Senator Chris Buttars (R-District 10), was approved by the Senate Education Committee by a 4-2 vote along party lines on January 17, 2006.

"Intelligent design" criticized in Vatican newspaper


L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, published a piece in its January 16-17, 2006, edition by Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, which praised the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover and described "intelligent design" as unscientific. The New York Times (January 18, 2006) noted, "The article was not presented as an official church position.

A second antievolution bill in Oklahoma


House Bill 2526 [Link broken] (RTF) is the second antievolution bill to be introduced in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2006, and like its predecessor HB 2107, it will presumably be considered after the legislature convenes on February 6, 2006.

Settlement in Hurst v. Newman


The lawsuit in Hurst et al. v. Newman et al. -- in which eleven parents challenged the constitutionality of a four-week intersession course on "The Philosophy of Design" (formerly "The Philosophy of Intelligent Design") at Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec, California -- was settled on January 17, 2006.

Antievolution legislation on the horizon in Oklahoma


When the Oklahoma House of Representatives convenes on February 6, 2006, among the bills awaiting attention will be House Bill 2107 (RTF), dubbed the Academic Freedom Act. If enacted, HB 2107 would provide:

A. Every public school teacher in the State of Oklahoma, shall have the affirmative right and freedom to present scientific information pertaining to the full range of scientific views in any curricula or course of learning.

Antievolution legislation in Utah


Senate Bill 96, sponsored by Senator Chris Buttars (R-District 10), was filed on January 4, 2006, and presumably will be taken under consideration after the legislature convenes on January 16, 2006.

California parents sue school district over "ID" class


Eleven parents have brought suit against the El Tejon School District in Lebec, California to stop it from teaching a course which promotes creationism. Attorneys from Americans United for Separation and State (AU) and the law firm Arnold and Porter are representing the plaintiffs.

AU's press release announcing the suit notes that, " On Jan. 1, the board of trustees of El Tejon Unified School District approved an elective called 'Philosophy of Design' that advocates 'intelligent design' and other concepts of creationism."

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