Updated: Thursday, 09 Oct 2008, 1:49 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008, 4:44 PM CDT
AUSTIN (AP) -- Scientists from major Texas universities are joining to oppose efforts to bring supernatural and religious teaching into public school science courses.
They say any attempts to teach students "weaknesses" in evolution should be blocked.
The newly formed 21st Century Science Coalition announced Tuesday it has 800 scientists in its growing group. Biology professor David Hillis of the University of Texas at Austin says the coalition plans to spread its message in the coming months as the State Board of Education considers new science curriculum standards.
Some state board members favor teaching weaknesses in evolution.
But the scientific group says that wrongly waters down what's been proven in science.
Because Texas is such a huge state, it's ongoing science debate will affect textbooks nationwide.
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