NBC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 08, 1984
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(Studio) Texas board of education reported responding next week to controversial ruling by Texas attorney general that board's policy on teaching of creationism as well as evolution is unconstitutional.
REPORTER: John Palmer
(No location given) National implications of Texas's approach to creationism versus evolution due to its role in ntnwide. textbook sales examined. [Bd. of education Joe Kelly BUTLER - feels no responsibility to other states.] Bd.'s 1974 ruling against Darwin's theory of evolution reviewed. Self-appointed textbook reviews and lobbying efforts of Mel and Norma Gabler of Longview, Texas, promoting creationism examined. [Mel and Norma GABLER - feel nation's moral values are being eliminated from textbooks.] [People for the American Way spokesperson Michael HUDSON - notes textbooks as they're adopted verbatim in Texas are found in other states; explains.] Textbook publishers noted refusing to discuss situation; details given. Efforts of San Antonio minister to push his preferred textbook in high school described. [San Antonio school district spokesperson Lawrence LANE - resents students being caught in middle and efforts of creationists to limit Bible to science text.] [Min., Guido MERKINS - wants balanced presentation while acknowledging that creationism alone is taught in his private school.] [1980, Ronald REAGAN - believes creationism should be taught as well as evolution.] [Texas attorney general Jim MATTOX - explains his ruling.] [BUTLER - will wait and see what happens.]
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee