Florida: Ben Stein weighs in on evolution fight

Marc Caputo reports on the Miami Herald:

In the latest evolution battle, pop-culture figure Ben Stein will show his new documentary challenging mainstream science mainstream science to Florida lawmakers Wednesday as they consider legislation that makes it easier for teachers to question Darwin’s theory in science classes.

The legislation, like Stein’s documentary called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, has been bashed by critics as a front for advancing the agenda of biblical creationists who want to sneak religious teachings into the classrooms.

But Umatilla Republican Rep. Alan Hays says he’s not touting Stein’s documentary or his ”academic freedom” bill to destroy evolution. He said the bill is simply drafted to allow teachers and students to discuss, without fear of punishment, ”the full range” of problems and ideas surrounding Darwin’s theory . . .

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