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      http://www.oksenate.gov/news/press_releases/press_releases_2005/pr20050525h.html Oklahoma State Senate Senator Clark Jolley State Capitol Room 528-A
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2005
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      http://www.oksenate.gov/news/press_releases/press_releases_2005/pr20050525h.html

      Oklahoma State Senate
      Senator Clark Jolley
      State Capitol Room 528-A
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
      (405) 521-5622

      Senator Mike Mazzei
      State Capitol Room 527-B
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
      (405) 521-5675

      For Immediate Release: May 25, 2005

      Henry Nominee for Textbook Committee Opposed

      A block of senators opposed Gov. Brad Henry's nomination of Dr. Virginia
      Ann Dell of Oklahoma City to the state Textbook Committee when her
      nomination was considered by the Senate Wednesday.

      The Senate narrowly voted to advise and consent to Henry's nomination of
      Dell on a 25 to 22 vote.

      "Despite her impressive academic degrees and her service as a teacher at
      the Oklahoma School of Science and Math, her errant belief that the
      teaching of the Intelligent Design Theory blurs the line between the
      separation of church and state is the first of many problems to arise
      with her nomination," stated Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond.

      Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, stated, "Nothing exists in state or federal
      law that prohibits the discussion of creationism or Intelligent Design
      theory in the classroom. Let's encourage open and honest discussion of
      all theories so students can learn to think critically and, with their
      parents' guidance, develop their own worldview."

      Dell's responses to questioning in the Senate Education Committee showed
      she is unwilling to even allow a mention or discussion of alternative
      theories on the origins of the universe.

      "Dr. Dell's blind allegiance to the theory of evolution and her
      unwillingness to even consider the inclusion of other valid theories
      such as Intelligent Design or evolutionary creationism makes her an
      unacceptable nominee in my view," said Jolley.

      The Intelligent Design theory holds that certain features of the
      universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause
      rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.

      "Dr. Dell's views are too closed-minded and too liberal to qualify her
      for this critical position responsible for selecting textbooks for our
      schoolchildren," Mazzei stated.

      "Since this is Gov. Henry's second appointee to the Textbook Committee
      to openly hold this viewpoint, I fear he is trying to stack the Textbook
      Commission with liberals whose goal is to stamp out all discussion of
      alternatives to the theory of evolution in Oklahoma classrooms," Jolley
      said.

      For more information contact:

      Senate Communications Office
      (405) 521-5774

         
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