Thursday, September 21, 2006
The Detroit Free Press (US): Republican candidate Dick DeVos said Michigan school districts should be allowed to teach intelligent design in science classes as a possible explanation of diverse life on Earth, injecting the national debate over evolution into the campaign.
'Lots of intelligent people can disagree about the origins of life. In the end, I believe in our system of local control,' he said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. 'Local school boards should have the opportunity to offer evolution and intelligent design in their curriculums.'
DeVos said exposing students to the concept of intelligent design - viewed by most scientists as a nonscientific, religion-based belief - would help them analyze competing theories.
UPDATE: See DeVos clarifies Intelligent Design comments: "DeVos said the AP reporter who wrote that he supported ID got it wrong."
"DeVos for Governor" website.
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