Parent Opposition to Evolution
Kanawha County: A parent has filed a complaint with the Kanawha County Board of Education claiming that science textbooks used there contain `false and fraudulent` information about evolution. The parent and 30 cosigners opposed to evolution assert that the textbooks are in violation of state law because they are outdated or inaccurate. As evidence that textbooks which include evolution are flawed, they cite the recent book Icons of Evolution. Similarly-based attacks on evolution education are appearing in other locations as well. This most recent event resembles several others in this county. In 1999, a middle school mathematics teacher tried to get the board to approve a resolution allowing teachers to criticize `evolutionism`. In 2000, a local group tried to get the Board to distribute copies of the `intelligent design text` Of Pandas and People. The board rejected both of these efforts.