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Evolution revolution

Gazette staff June 26th, 2013

If it seems like the battle between evolutionists and creationists will never end, that’s because it won’t.

Credit: Brad Gregg

As evidence, the National Center for Science Education recently pointed out that two university departments in Oklahoma stepped back to Scopes “monkey trial” territory to defend evolution’s honorable status in higher education.

The University of Central Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State University have separate, if equally unyielding, statements on the importance of teaching evolution — a move deemed necessary despite the deaths of several “anti-science” state bills in recent years.

Judging by an excerpt from the SWOSU science department’s mission statement, speculation is for liberal arts majors: “We are a science department, so we do not teach alternative hypotheses or philosophically deduced theories that cannot be tested rigorously.”

In the “survival of the fittest” theory, evolution still dominates.

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