Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Utah House Kills Evolution Teaching Bill

[News] "SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Public schools won't have to change the way they teach evolution, after the House on Monday gutted, and then killed, a bill that would have required science courses to mention alternative theories.

Senate Bill 96 failed in the House on a 28-46 vote, after a lengthy debate that saw the bill changed twice.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, had said it was time to rein in teachers who were teaching that man had descended from apes, and rattling the faith of students. The Senate passed the measure 16-12.

House sponsor Rep. Jim Ferrin, R-Orem, started Monday's debate with a substitute bill, which removed the phrase about teaching the 'origins of life.' Ferrin said the phrase should come out because current state curricula only includes teaching the origins of species, not human evolution."

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