NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 08, 1996
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Dayton, Tennessee: Bob Dotson) The deja vu debate in Tennessee over the teaching of evolution in schools examined; the Scopes monkey trial of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, recalled. [Opponent Senator Steve COHEN - says the next step could be the abolition of the theory of the law of gravity.] [Science TEACHER - calls the measure intimidation; says the students will lose out on good science education.] [The bill's author Senator Tommy BURKES - states he thinks this bill will somehow aid in what he sees as declining moral values.] [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Hedy WEINBERG - says this bill violates the separation of church and state doctrine.] [STUDENTS, former Scopes student Francis GABERT - comment on the creation issue.]
(Ecru, Mississippi: Fredricka Whitfield) The issue of prayer in Mississippi schools featured; scenes shown from Ecru, Mississippi. [Mother Lisa HERDAHL, son Kevin HERDAHL - comment on the Christians' un-Christian attitude toward pushing prayer in schools.] [School superintendent Jerry HORTON - deems the Bible mandatory text for an "educated" person.] [People for the American Way Elliot MINCBERG - comments on the religious freedom issue.]