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Texas textbook wars stoke creationism fears

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The next skirmish in the Texas textbook battle will be fought on Tuesday in Austin. That's when members of the public get to sound off over proposed changes in the state's public school textbooks.

Some worry that conservative Christians on the State Board of Education will try to bend the science to fit their religious beliefs.

Those fears were stoked recently when one state textbook reviewer criticized a biology textbook with this comment: "Creation science based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book."

"We hope that there's good science in the textbooks, none of it is compromised, none of it is removed and creationism is not snuck in, in any way, shape or form," said Zack Kopplin, a Houston-based creationism opponent. "So that's our goal."

The reviewer, Karen Beathard, later told FOX 26 News that she was prohibited from expanding on or explaining her review. But she clarified via email that "any statements made were my own personal beliefs."

The US Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that teaching creationism in public school science classes was unconstitutional. The court found such laws violate the US Constitution's establishment clause, which forbids the government from advancing any particular religion over any other.

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