“This is just a bill to instruct what we have presently in the science on the origins of life,” Fiscus said. “We should teach what we do know. We should also teach what we don't know.”
The House Education Committee didn't take immediate action.
The bill says it does not promote the teaching of religious doctrine and “only protects the teaching of scientific information.”
An early draft version of the bill sought to teach “intelligent design,” but the suggestion was dropped during the drafting process.
Critics said the measure is a backdoor effort to get religion into classrooms.
“It seemed to me it was deliberately written to be obtuse,” said Stan Frasier of Helena. “The Sunday schools are the place for teaching religious fairy tales, not our public schools.”