Re: ASA Amicus Curia?

James Mahaffy (
Wed, 26 Jun 1996 10:58:23 -0500 (CDT)

> Dear ASA'ers,
> Do you have information about the Rutherford Institute or other Christian
> "Civil Liberties" organizations that might have an interest in supporting
> ASA'ers being able to associate, with some kind of official standing, within
> their respective professional societies?
> Joe
> P.S. Do you think the ASA directory should list the other (or at least some
> of the other) professional societies ASA'ers belong to? Why or why not?

No. As one that belongs to quite a number of professional societies, they
never list what else you belong to. I fail to see what purpose is
served by tooting your horn. Unless it is intended for the outside
world, iIf it does anything it will widen
the gap between those that teach at smaller colleges and can't do much
research and those who are in the large research institutions.

Maybe that is not completely fair. Academia is slanted enough against
Christianity (se Marsden) that it could reasure folks that there are
good scientists who are good scientists. Still I really think it would
not help lay folks or members not doing a lot of research to feel at
home and we need to work on those connections.

My two cents worth.


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