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Friend of Balanced Science Education is New House Leader

Congressman John A. Boehner of Ohio, who was instrumental in assuring that the report language of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 contained a strong recommendation that scientific evidence for biological evolution--and also scientific evidence against evolution--should be taught in science class, was elected Majority Leader of the U.S. House today.

Boehner, as chairman of the House Education Committee and co-chairman of the Conference Committee that completed work on the landmark No Child Left Behind Act, fended off efforts to remove the so-called "Santorum language" from the final report.

The Act's report provides that "Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics may generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society."

Darwinists strongly pressured the Conference Committee not to include the language. Later, when the act was passed with the report language on evolution included, Darwinists attempted to pretend that the language was not "in the Act" (because it merely accompanies the Act as guidance) and then to downplay the significance of Report language (since it is advisory, not compulsory).

Boehner showed courage, resolve and common sense. It's good to see him in the new, more powerful role.