The New York Times reports that a new battle looms in Texas over science textbooks that teach evolution, and the wrestle for control seizes on three words: "strengths and weaknesses." Starting this summer, the state education board will determine the curriculum for the next decade and will decide whether the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution should be taught. The benign-sounding phrase, some argue, is a reasonable effort at balance. But critics say it is a new strategy taking shape across the nation to undermine the teaching of evolution, a way for students to hear religious objections under the heading of scientific discourse. Already, legislators in a half-dozen states–Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, and South Carolina–have tried to require that classrooms be open to "views about the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian theory," according to a petition from the Discovery Institute, the Seattle-based strategic center of the intelligent design movement…

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