I know you have good intentions, but in my opinion your proposed news
release would be a disaster for the ASA. 1) It lends support to a
anti-evolutionary movement at the school board level which is profoundly
misguided. Such a news release will cause us to lose any influence with
the NABT or the National Center for Science Education (to which I belong).
2) It gives the impression that the ASA's primary concern is the
creation/evolution issue - a view which the ASA has been recently trying to
overcome. 3) It acts to place the ASA firmly in the ID camp, which a few
days on this listserve shows to be decidedly false. Many within the ASA
have significant disagreements with the proponents of ID on both scientific
and theological grounds.
Newsreleases would be best used to promote ASA annual meetings, the
ASA/Templeton lecture series, and similar projects.
Keith B. Miller
Department of Geology
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506