Education: Putting Darwin Back in the Dock

"Scientific" creationists challenge the theory of evolution

Housewife Marian Finger, 44, was startled to hear her son Eric, a seventh-grader at the Emma C. Smith Elementary School in Livermore, Calif., describe what he learned in school. "Mom," he said, "evolutionists don't believe in God."

His mother, a practicing Presbyterian married to a chemist, began reading some of Eric's textbooks—and took some notes. "Just listen to this," she says angrily: " 'Evolutionary philosophy is the philosophy of ethical relativism, racism, military aggression.' " Says Mrs. Finger: "I just don't understand it. What's going on?"...

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