Newswise — Science deniers, creationists, and their fellow travelers aren't just targeting evolution. Now they're turning their sights on global warming.

Proof positive? The South Dakota legislature has passed House Concurrent Resolution 1009, which encourages teachers to present "balanced teaching" on global warming. The state senate has passed a similar resolution.

If this language sounds familiar, it's because "balanced and objective", "strengths and weaknesses", and similar wording have been used for years by creationists to weaken evolution education and sneak religion into science classes.

NCSE has dissected this disturbing trend in two articles published today by staff scientists Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau.

"Denying Science, Legislating Reality"Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-newton/denying-science-legislati_b_476975.html

"Climate Change Preps for Its Scopes Trial"Science Progress http://www.scienceprogress.org/2010/02/climate-change-scopes-trial/

Notes Rosenau: "Science is not and should not be resolved through the legislative process, and the details of what teachers present as science should not be dictated by legislators with no experience as scientists or teachers."

NCSE's article is at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/02/from-evolution-to-global-warming-005344

CONTACT: Robert Luhn of the NCSE, 510-601-7203, luhn@ncse.com

Web site: www.ncse.com

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization that defends and promotes the teaching of evolution in the public schools. The NCSE provides information and resources to schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of the creation and evolution controversy, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels. Our 4000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious affiliations.

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