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Creationist Teaching Leads to Suspension

April 13, 1994| Associated Press

FAIRBORN, Ohio — A part-time instructor at Wright State University was relieved of his teaching duties after students accused him of injecting religious views into a class on evolution, the school said Tuesday.

Dan Scott, 43, of Springfield deviated from the course curriculum by expressing views of creationism, said university spokeswoman Lynette Heard.

"He was inserting his personal religious views into the course content after being asked not to," she said. "And his personal religious views were offensive to some students."

Telephone messages left for Scott were not returned.

Creationism, a fundamentalist view of how life began, says God spontaneously created the Earth and life on it. Evolution says plants and animals originated from pre-existing organisms.

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