Teacher denounced for questioning widely accepted theory

A teacher in New York has come under fire for expressing skepticism over the theory of evolution. Wisconsin-based nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation accused teacher Phil Lucason of questioning the theory during a Jan. 14 lesson. Lucason teaches environmental studies at Holland Patent Central School, where “students are taught biological topics... that both satisfy the requirements for the Regents exam and also to prepare them for college coursework". A letter sent to the Holland Patent Central School District says that Lucason told his students that “evolution only goes so far” . and that students who wanted to pass the Regents would have to “play the evolution game where evolution is the answer to everything.”. The nonprofit said those comments were in violation of federal law. which prohibits the teaching of creationism or the idea that a god created the universe. The science teacher has since acknowledged that he had made a mistake. In a statement, Lucason said, "In the future, I will not refer to other, non-scientific explanations and will clearly teach the science... and theory of evolution as the explanation for the development of life on earth as provided by the New York State standards"