more confident of his chances now:
...Science education advocates are alarmed by a bill before the Legislature that they say could force teachers to challenge evolution at the expense of settled science.
...Wise, R-Jacksonville, thinks his evolution bill may have a better chance this year because there are more conservatives in the Legislature and because he chairs a substantive committee.
"Why would you not teach both theories at the same time?" Wise said, referring to evolution and what he called "nonevolution."
..."Why do we still have apes if we came from them?" Wise, a retired educator, said during the interview with the Tampa radio station [WMNF]. "And those are the kind of questions kids need to ask themselves. You know, 'how did we get here?' And, you know, there's more than one theory on this thing. And the theory is evolution, the other one is intelligent design."
One science advocate responded to Haught’s views on scientific theory and our evolutionary relation to apes:
Brandon Haught of Florida Citizens for Science – an organization that promotes science education in the state and opposes the teaching in public schools of Intelligent Design - said evolution detractors fail to understand that when scientists use the term "theory," they mean something different than when the word is used in general conversation.
"A theory in science is one of the strongest things you can possibly have," Haught said. "In science, a theory is not a guess. It's an established explanation for a set of facts."
Haught called Wise's bill "quite literally, an embarrassment for our state."
"Why drag everybody through this yet again?" asked Haught, who is interning to teach biology at Eustis High School. "It's already been hashed out."
"It's quite clear," Haught said, that Wise has "no background in biology." Man did not descend from apes, Haught said, but the species share common ancestry."