Sunday, August 13, 2006

 

Evolution backers seek to influence Ohio elections

Columbus, Ohio - Supporters of teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to school children have launched a campaign aimed at unseating a state Board of Education member who has supported critical evaluation of the theory.

Help Ohio Public Education, a coalition of evolution proponents, on Friday announced an advocacy group headed up by Lawrence Krauss, director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University.

'I think what you're seeing is grass-roots democracy at work. This is a referendum on intelligent design and creationism,' said G.R. Schloemer of Cincinnati, a Republican board member who supports the evolution theory and has the group's support. 'This issue has bogged down the board since I came on five years ago. We've got a very divided board. There is no trust among any of us.'

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