South Carolina state Sen. Mike Fair (R) said this week that he insisted that the state’s Education Oversight Committee not approve new standards for teaching evolution to give students a chance to ‘draw their own conclusions” about creationism.

On Monday, the committee adopted new science standards, but a clause with the phrase ‘natural selection” was left out after Fair argued students should be learning other theories, The Post and Courier reported.

‘Biological evolution occurs primarily when natural selection acts on the genetic variation in a population and changes the distribution of traits in that population over multiple generations,” the proposed South Carolina Academic Standards and Performance Indicators for Science would have said.

‘Natural selection is a direct reference to Darwinism,” Fair insisted. ‘And the implication of Darwinism is that it is start to finish.”

According to The Post and Courier, Fair said schools should ‘teach the controversy.”

‘To teach that natural selection is the answer to origins is wrong,” he remarked. ‘I don’t have a problem with teaching theories. I don’t think it should be taught as fact.”

The committee also refused a suggestion from College of Charleston biology professor Robert Dillon, who had said that legislators were singling out climate change and evolution by insisting […]

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