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News Now Report: Actor wants to let Florida Teachers Challenge Evolution

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Actor Ben Stein, who played a boring
teacher in the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off,'' wants to let real
Florida teachers challenge evolution in science classes.
Stein, also a quiz show host and former speech writer for
Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, promoted what sponsors
are calling ``academic freedom'' legislation along with his newest
movie today at a Capitol news conference. The legislation would bar
any action against a teacher who "objectively presents scientific
information'' critical of "biological or chemical evolution.''
Opponents say the legislation in both House and Senate is just a
veiled attempt to inject religious beliefs about the creation of
life into science lessons. Stein and other supporters denied that.


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