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Casper, WY school board weighs 'intelligent design'
A Washakie County school board member wants to authorize the teaching of "intelligent design" theory in district science classrooms as an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution.
Intelligent design theory proposes that nature is too complex to have been shaped by evolutionary forces and that some power or force is responsible for life as it is known today, according to district trustee Tom Ball.
But Casper College instructor Will Robinson contends that "intelligent design theory" is simply a cover for creationism.
"We have to be careful about keeping science classes about science and not religion," said Robinson. "The teaching of religion has its place, and I don't think that the science classroom is that place."