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Antievolution legislation in Mississippi House


House Bill 953, introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Education on January 16, 2006, would, if enacted, enable Mississippi school boards "[t]o authorize the teaching of 'creationism' or 'intelligent design' in the public schools." Moreover, "[i]f the school's curriculum requires the teaching of evolution, then the teaching of 'creationism' or 'intelligent design' shall be required." The chief

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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