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2006-08-02 01:35:00

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- Conservative Republicans who pushed for criticism of evolution in Kansas classrooms lost control of the state school board as moderates scored a narrow victory in a primary election on Tuesday. The shake-up came after the Kansas State Board of Education voted 6-4 in November to approve new science standards that local and national science groups charged were a product of religious zealotry because they challenged Darwin's theory. Teachers and...

2006-03-21 07:45:00

By Paul Majendie LONDON -- The spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans does not believe that creationism -- the Bible-based account of the world's origins -- should be taught in schools. "I don't think it should, actually. No, No," said Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, reflecting on the bitter education debate over religion and science that has so divided the United States in particular. Williams, head of a church which has no problem with the Darwinian theory of evolution, told the...

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2006-02-21 07:46:27

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Scientists at a large gathering in St. Louis didn't just defend evolution - they rallied in support of it. Many at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation's largest gathering of scientists, spoke out over the weekend against what they called religious pressure in public schools. And they enlisted the help of about 300 teachers from across the Midwest who attended the conference to discuss the national debate over evolution. "We are not rolling over...

2006-02-20 14:46:55

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian court sentenced British historian David Irving to three years in prison on Monday for denying the Holocaust during a 1989 stopover in Austria, dismissing his argument that he had changed his views. Irving pleaded guilty, hoping for a suspended sentence, but the Vienna criminal court concluded he was only making a pretence of acknowledging Nazi Germany's genocide against Jews in order to escape a jail term. "The court did not consider...

2006-02-20 13:03:09

VIENNA (Reuters) - British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison for denying the Holocaust 17 years ago, an Austrian court ruled on Monday. He was sentenced by a court of eight lay jurors and three judges in a case based on remarks he made in a 1989 interview and in speeches when he visited Austria, where denying the Nazi genocide on Jews is a crime. Irving, who had argued in court that he had denied the Holocaust at the time but had since changed his views,...

2006-02-20 11:02:51

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - British historian David Irving pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of denying the Holocaust 17 years ago, but told an Austrian court that the personal files of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann had changed his views. The 68-year-old Irving faces up to 10 years in jail in Austria in a case based on remarks he made in a 1989 interview and in speeches when he visited Austria, where denying the Nazi genocide on Jews is a crime. "I'm not a holocaust...

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2006-02-19 18:35:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- American scientists fighting back against creationism, intelligent design and other theories that seek to deny or downgrade the importance of evolution have recruited unlikely allies -- the clergy. And they have taken their battle to a new level, trying to educate high school and even elementary school teachers on how to hold their own against parents and school boards who want to mix religion with science. While they feel...

2006-02-14 19:40:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - In another setback for those who want schools to question the theory of evolution, Ohio education officials voted on Tuesday to remove a first-in-the-nation lesson plan that allowed teachers to do so. By a vote of 11 to 4, the Ohio Board of Education pulled a model lesson plan on the subject it had approved in 2004 and sent the matter to a committee for revisions, according to J.C. Benton, spokesman for the state's education department. He said the lesson plan in...

2006-02-14 16:55:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS -- Hans Kueng is not a man afraid of challenging authority. The liberal Swiss priest has confronted the Vatican so often that he was barred from teaching Catholic theology in 1979 and was long a "persona non grata" in Rome. He also has clear ideas about where theologians should not tread. The row about evolution and intelligent design, a major issue in the United States, is a case where he says believers should not claim to know more science than the...

2006-02-10 13:13:46

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Science made such rapid progress in the 20th century that people may sometimes be confused about how the Christian faith can still be compatible with it, Pope Benedict said on Friday. But science and religion are not opposed to each other and Christians should not be afraid to try to understand how they compliment each other in explaining the mystery of life on Earth, he told the Vatican's doctrinal department. The Pope made his comments...