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Legislators Ponder Evolution for Schools

Posted April 1, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— While scientists generally accept the theory of evolution, none have been able to definitively prove that man evolved from single-celled creatures, or primates for that matter.

Now, North Carolina legislators are considering whether evolution should continue to be taught as fact. Representative Russell Capps, (R-Wake-Durham County), has proposed a bill to the House Education Committee that would ensure that students learn the theory of evolution as only one of several possible stories about the creation of humans. Capps says some books teach evolution as the only option.

Scientists watching the debate say lawmakers supporting the bill are confusing the issue and downplaying evidence. Scientist Charles Keeling says if science is being taught, it should be what scientists accept.

Representative Capps' bill is still in committee. A vote could come as early as Wednesday.