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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:steven.edinger.1@ohio.edu] Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 6:14 PM To: Elfner, Lynn; Hummon, William ; Rovner, Jerome ;
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 2, 2001
      FW: Creationism Hearing Live From Hawaii

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Steven A. Edinger [mailto:steven.edinger.1@...]
      Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 6:14 PM
      To: Elfner, Lynn; Hummon, William ; Rovner, Jerome ; Rovner, Phyllis;
      Science Education
      Subject: Fwd: Creationism Hearing Live From Hawaii

      --- Begin Forwarded Message ---

      Aloha, Friends:

      On Thursday, August 2, the Hawaii state Board of Education will be
      considering replacing "evolution" in their science performance standards
      with "multiple theories of origins". The meeting is scheduled to be
      webcast live from the following extremely long address:


      Or you can go to the Board's home page

      and select "Media Library".

      Directions say that Internet Explorer and Microsoft Media Player are
      required to view the meeting. The Board apparently broadcasts all
      meetings, but does not archive them, so the only time to see it is live.
      Maybe a little late for those on the East Coast.

      The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 pm Honolulu time, which is 10 pm
      PDT. The standards for 12 subject areas are the third action item on the
      agenda. I just spoke to someone at the Board office, and apparently
      there is no limit on the number of public speakers who may comment, but
      each person gets only three minutes. Public comment is on the agenda at
      the beginning of the meeting, before the action items.

      This has stirred up a lot of press comment and letters. Apparently some
      board members elected last year have turned out to be "stealth"
      creationists, according to the local AU chapter. I don't know how it's
      going to turn out.

      With fingers crossed,

      W. Eric Meikle, Ph.D.
      Outreach Coordinator
      National Center for Science Education
      420 40th St., Suite 2
      Oakland, CA 94609-2509
      510 601-7203
      510 601-7204 (fax)
      800 290-6006

      Note new address and phone
      --- End Forwarded Message ---

      "The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian doctrine."
      -- George Washington, founding father and first President

      "Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity,
      in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any
      particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?"
      -- James Madison, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, in "Memorial
      and Remonstrance", 1785

      "The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the
      devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total
      separation of church and state."
      --James Madison, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, March 2, 1819

      "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man
      and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his
      worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only,
      and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the
      whole American people which declared that their legislature should `make no
      law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
      exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and
      --President Thomas Jefferson, in his historic letter to The Danbury Baptist
      Association, January 1, 1802

      "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."
      -- Theodosius Dobzhansky, 1973

      Steven A. Edinger, Physiology Lab Instructor

      064 Irvine Hall
      Department of Biological Sciences               steven.edinger.1@...
      Ohio University                                 Office:  (740) 593-9484
      Athens, Ohio  45701-2979                        Fax:  (740) 593-0300


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