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Only 28% "unabashedly introduce evidence that evolution has occurred and craft lesson plans so that evolution is a theme that unifies disparate topics in biology," according to the report titled "Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, But Not in the Classroom." Most biology teachers belong to the "cautious 60%," who are "neither strong advocates for evolutionary biology nor explicit endorsers of nonscientific alternatives," the study said."I think the real amount of underteaching of evolution is likely even worse," science literacy expert Jon Miller of Michigan State University told USA Today. He published a 2007 report in Science ranking the U.S. 34th out of 35 developed nations (ahead of only Turkey) on public acceptance of evolution. Nearly a third of U.S. respondents said evolution was "absolutely false" in that study. "Not many teachers have the backbone to stand up to parents and school boards for evolution," Miller said.A Manatee County corrections officer in Bradenton, FIa., was suspended in January without pay for 25.8 hours for a perceived threat against President Obama involving an intercessory prayer and bible verse. Sgt. Matthew Neu circled Psalm 109:8 ("Let his days be few, and let another take his office") with a pink highlighter in a bible and left it on another officer's desk in September with a handwritten note that said "Obama Prayer." The female office reported it after she read the next verse, "May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow." No threat was intended, said Neu, admitting he didn't like Obama and got the bible from a stack for use by inmates.

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