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Via Matthew Yglesias, here's this AP story reporting that:

The Bush administration has stepped back from a another clash over religion's place in society, as the Justice Department quietly dropped a probe of a university professor who is actively promoting Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

That professor would be Texas Tech Biology Professor Michael Dini.

The Justice Department apparently dropped their investigation after Dini agreed to this compromise:

So in the end, it accepted a small concession from Dini, who had agreed to drop his demand that students "affirm" their personal belief in evolution while continuing to insist that they be able to "explain" Darwin's theory.

Which is fine. Hopefully this will satisfy those who conjured up images of Dini ordering students on their knees, hand on a copy of On the Origin of Species, reciting a Darwinist litany.

Hopefully that'll be the last we hear of the Dini affair, and the whole thing seems like a push, really. You can bet it won't be the last clash between rationalism and superstition, though.

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