Education: A Courtroom Clash Over Textbooks

Evangelicals attack secular humanism in Alabama schools

"It's one of the most important trials of the last several decades." So maintains Robert Skolrood, executive director of Televangelist Pat Robertson's conservative National Legal Foundation and chief counsel for the 624 plaintiffs, all Christian Evangelicals. Anthony Podesta, president of the liberal lobby People for the American Way (P.A.W.), which is providing the legal team for the defense, counters that the case is a "hoax perpetrated by people who don't want the 42 million schoolchildren in this country to learn about ideas these people disagree with -- everything from divorce to evolution." The two sides are clashing in a federal courtroom...

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