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On April 7 House Bill 1722 was introduced in the Missouri General Assembly. This bill would require "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evoluton and intelligent design". It is sponsored by the same representative as House Bill 911, introduced earlier this year, and contains much the same language as that bill with the exception of a few provisions.
Roxanne Cleasby, a parent in Helena, Montana, was attempting to have a book about horses (Juliet Clutton-Brock's Horse) removed from her local elementary school library because it devotes two pages to discussing equine evolution.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed freedom-of-information requests with education officials in Ohio and Montana to obtain detailed information about recent decisions to water down the teaching of evolution, according to a press release issued by the religious liberty watchdog group on April 6, 2004.
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the evolution disclaimer used in Cobb County, Georgia, took a step forward, when a federal judge ruled that the suit could proceed to trial.
The disclaimer, which is affixed inside the books used in Cobb County's public schools, reads, "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."
We are pleased to announce that Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University, has agreed to join NCSE's board of directors. Her term of office is from 2004 to 2009.