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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."

Antievolution legislation in Indiana


Antievolution legislation materialized in Indiana, but not in the form originally threatened by its sponsor. According to the Indianapolis Star (January 11, 2006), Representative Bruce A. Borders (R-Jasonville) introduced House Bill 1388 in the Indiana House of Representatives on January 10, 2006.

Antievolution legislation in Missouri


House Bill 1266 was introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 9, 2006.

Returning to normal in Dover


With the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover rendered, the town of Dover, Pennsylvania, seems to be returning to normal. In its meeting on January 4, 2006, the Dover Area School Board voted 7-1 not to appeal the decision.

Kentucky Academy of Science denounces "intelligent design"


The Kentucky Academy of Science expressed its opposition to "attempts to equate 'scientific creationism' or 'intelligent design' with evolution as a scientific explanation of events" in a press release (see page 6) dated December 22, 2005. "Teaching faith-based models implies that these views are equivalent alternatives among scientists.

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