A Montana lawmaker has introduced a bill that will allow science instructors to teach "alternate viewpoints," a move that critics say will open the gates to creationism in biology class.
The bill mentions "Darwin's theory of evolution, fossil discoveries, DNA evidence, random mutation, [and] natural selection," stating that the scientific community has not agreed that such findings solve or answer questions about the origins of life.
State Rep. Clayton Fiscus defended his bill by saying that evolution isn't accepted fact, and it takes a "monumental leap" to believe in it. "We should teach what we do know. We should also teach what we don't know," Fiscus said. H
An earlier version of the bill had proposed teaching "intelligent design." The new bill has vaguer language, instead promising to protect "teachers who present alternative viewpoints regarding controversial scientific theories."