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Robert Dillon

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Every couple of years, S.C. Sen. Mike Fair makes national headlines for his latest attempt to take the teaching of evolution out of grade school classrooms. And every time, College of Charleston biology professor Robert Dillon takes him to task for it, whether speaking out against the legislation publicly or testifying in the Statehouse. This February, Sen. Fair held up the process of adopting the state's latest biology curriculum, sending the teaching standards back to subcommittee at the last possible juncture. Fair dropped his opposition two days later, but in the meantime, Dillon was there to provide the scientist's point of view. Dillon, a Presbyterian, said that biology is to religion as bluegrass is to baseball. "Don't bring your baseball bat to my jam session," Dillon says, "and I won't bring my banjo and stand on first base."


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