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State handling of creation issue is commendable

You might say that the state school board wimped out on the evolution/creation controversy, but its handling of the matter is far better than what is taking place elsewhere.

The school board last week, without controversy, continued its policy of placing a disclaimer in science textbooks that said the theory of evolution is controversial and that any statement about the origin of life is not fact.

It's a compromise that's well worth striking given what's going on elsewhere in the nation.

Dover, Pa., after a major controversy, dumped its school board in last week's election because the old group embraced the "intelligent design" theory and sparked a federal lawsuit over separation of church and state. Kansas school board, continuing its defiance of evolution, went the other direction and watered down Darwin's theory that man evolved. That action, too, will probably face legal challenges.

Given Alabama's propensity to engage in matters of religion, having the disclaimer renewed without controversy is a relief. The policy basically leaves it to individuals to draw their own conclusions about life. Still, many people don't see all that much difference between "intelligent design" and evolution.

Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it was the creation of a higher power. Many people who believe in evolution believe that the same higher power guided development every step of the way.

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