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Stemberger Group Opposes Teaching Evolution “As Fact”
Posted Feb 11, 2008 by William March
Updated Feb 11, 2008 at 06:31 PM
The Florida Family Policy Council, a religious conservative group headed by John Stemberger, says it will oppose new Florida public school science curriculum standards that it says advocate teaching evolution “as fact.”
The organization held a news conference including pastors, a public school parent and others in Orlando today.
Stemberger said evolution should be taught as “a theory with ... strengths and weakneses,” not as established scientific fact.
The organization says it will ask the Florida Board of Education to allow public testimony at its Feb. 19 meeting, when it will vote on the standards, from supporters and opponents of the standards.
Stemberger was also the driving force behind a petition drive for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The amendment will be on the November election ballot.