Re: [SACC-L] FW: Act for Ohio science standards
If you're going to fax Johnson's quote why not include all of it?
"The recent decision of the Ohio Science Standards Committee of the State School Board has been a big breakthrough. [Critics] are calling it a compromise, but it isn't. It's our position. It allows teachers to present evidence against the theory of evolution. This evidence includes the facts that the drawings of embryos in the textbooks are fraudulent and that the peppered moth experiment was botched if not an outright hoax."
If we are searching for truth what is wrong with exposing frauds? Anyone who takes the time to objectively examine the evidence for evolutionary theory will find some serious errors, fallacies, and outright fabrications. Creationists have been justly criticized for basing their theories on blind faith instead of science. Intelligent Design theory offers a scientific framework for examining evidence that indicates this world is not the product of random chance and mutations. ID doesn't try to identify the intelligence behind the design merely that it exists. It could be a supernatural god or supertechnological aliens.
To presume that one person or group has all of the answers is the height of arrogance. A careful consideration and examination of all points of view will eventually lead to the truth or at least a consensus. Where is the threat or danger in that? I wonder how many people base their objections to ID theory on what others have told them instead of actually reading the literature and making an informed decision on their own. I suspect that most are relying on others to their reading and thinking for them. And you call that science?
Popplestone, Ann wrote:
-----Original Message----- From: Skip Evans [mailto:evans@...] Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 5:45 PM To: evans@... Subject: Act for Ohio science standards Act Today! to ensure good science education in Ohio! Here is an action everyone (in & out of state) can take today. Phillip Johnson (inventor of the Intelligent Design movement, the successor to the "creation-science" movement) said in an interview just published that the ID creationists got exactly what they wanted in Ohio's science standards. Act now before the final OBE vote on Tues Dec 10! Print out the Johnson quote below & fax it to Gov Taft and the Dept of Education (and if you're up for it, all the board of ed members & the Ohio Academy of Sciences -see below for numbers), along with a very SHORT note saying something to the effect that Grade 10 Life Science indicator 23 and associated benchmark language MUST BE REMOVED! If we insist on protecting the very best interests of the state & our kids, we'll settle for no less than complete removal. We need to send the Governor our clearest, strongest message & Phil Johnson just gave us a GREAT way to make our point! You don't need to give further reasons (Johnson's quote says it all), but a good one is that Taft's "3rd Frontier" project WILL fail if this language stays in --because Taft will be sending out the message that Ohio really does not care about science education. It's that simple. No Science/Tech company wants to come into a state that panders to creationists. [Quote from interview with Johnson] "What does Ohio's decision on science requirements mean for the Intelligent Design Movement?" " The recent decision of the Ohio Science Standards Committee of the State School Board has been a big breakthrough. [Critics] are calling it a compromise, but it isn't. It's our position." [End Quote] For full text, see http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2002/147/22.0.html FAX Numbers: Bob Taft: 614-752-4858 Dept of Education FAX numbers: 614-995-3729 & 614-752-3956 Ohio Academy of Sciences FAX 614-488-7629 For Board member faxes see web page http://www.ode.state.oh.us/board/ or www.ohioscience.org If you absolutely cannot fax, you can email feedback through the Dept of Ed web page http://www.ode.state.oh.us/ & to Dr. Susan Tave Zelman via contact.center@... & to Gov Taft at Governor.Taft@... You can also send by post (letterhead is good) or overnight mail, but it needs to arrive no later than Mon Dec 9 Susan Tave Zelman Superintendent of Public Instruction 7th floor, 25 South Front Street Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183 USA FAX: 614-752-3956 Governor Bob Taft 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, Ohio 43215-6117 FAX: 614-752-4858 FAX Numbers: Bob Taft FAX: 614-752-4858 Dept of Education FAX numbers: 614-995-3729 & 614-752-3956 Ohio Academy of Sciences FAX 614-488-7629 For Board member faxes see web page http://www.ode.state.oh.us/board/ or www.ohioscience.org Skip Evans Network Project Director National Center for Science Education 420 40th St, Suite 2 Oakland, CA 94609 510-601-7203 Ext. 308 510-601-7204 (fax) 800-290-6006 evans@... http://www.ncseweb.org NCSE now has a one way broadcast news list. Please note that this is NOT a discussion list. You cannot post messages for members to receive. We use this list to broadcast news about the creationism/evolution issue to interested parties. To sign up send: subscribe ncse your@... to: majordomo@... To unsubscribe send: unsubscribe ncse your@... to: majordomo@... Be sure to check out the SACC web page at www.anthro.cc (NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS!!) for meeting materials, newsletters, etc. Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/