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Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

355 N Lansing
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2896

General Phone: 317-274-5555
Financial Aid Phone: 317-274-4162
Sector: Public, 4-year or above
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Intelligent design evolving into hot issue - Indianapolis Star

Compiled by The Star Library "We were trying to see if this is a hot-button issue for people," said Friend, one of 36 Republican lawmakers who included the issue on a survey.All they had to do was look at the national headlines.In Dover, Pa., last week, all eight Republican school board members who had voted to require the teaching of intelligent design -- the belief that a supernatural hand guided the development of life -- were voted out of office.The same day, intelligent design advocates were cheering as the Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 to require students to study doubts about evolution."Are we more like Pennsylvania or are we more like Kansas?" Friend, R-Macy, asked. "That's what we're trying to find out."Friend majored in biology and chemistry in college. To find proof that species change over time, he said, people need look no further than the seats at Wrigley Field, a tight squeeze for today's heftier Chicago Cubs fans than for fans 10 or 20 years ago.He's also a Baptist Sunday school teacher who is, he said, a creationist at heart. "I've always found it hard to believe a zillion years ago we crawled out of a swamp."Friend sees - more available