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Wyatt B. Durrette, Virginia's Republican candidate for governor, has come under fire after a newspaper interview quoted him as advocating that creationism be taught in school science courses along with the theory of evolution.

"It was really an unfortunate situation," said Stephen A. Levet, Mr. Durrette's assistant press secretary. "That's not what he said at all."

According to Mr. Levet, the candi-date had been suggesting that creationism "be mentioned in science classes in the same way they mention alchemy as a way of making gold--as a historical sideline."

Mr. Durrette's feeling is that "it's a biased education not to mention [the creationism theory], or to at least acknowledge its existence," Mr. Levet said.

Mr. Durrette's remarks, which appeared in an interview in the Charlottesville, Va., Daily Progress, drew criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, and his Democratic opponent, Gerald L. Baliles.

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