Politics and creationism in California See the story in the San Francisco Chronicle for 3/

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Politics and creationism in California See the story in the San Francisco Chronicle for 3/30/92 entitled "Honig's Woes Give Critics an Opening", page one, by Chronicle Staff Writer Louis Freedberg. Bill Honig, the State Superintendant of Public Inscruction, the same post once heald by Max Rafferty when Ronald Regan was governor, is under fire from the State Attorney General, who got an indictment for conflict of interest and misappropriation of funds. Honig is a liberal Democrat and the Givernor and Attorney General are moderate and conservative Republicans. The news story is an alalysis based on comments made by Lou Sheldon, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, a concervative Christian lobying group and one of Honig's most vocal critics. These people, who have made no secret of their desire to replace Honig claim he is responsible for: An overemphesis on the study of evolution in the school curriculum Underplaying the role of religion in the formation of the U.S. In insufficient attention to the value of sexual abstanance and the glorification of gay lifestyles. Opposition to the school voucher system. Sheldon claims that his group was successful in persuading the state board to dilute references to evolution in state textbooks. "The inportant thing in our view is that the Earth was not created by evolution but by God," said Sheldon. This view is shared by the Costa Mesa based Citizens for Excellance in Education.

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