Re: ASA News Releases

Pattle Pun (
Thu, 4 Sep 1997 17:00:45 -0500 (CDT)

May I suggest that a survey is made amongst the ASA membership as to their
support for or opposition to the Intelligent Design Movement before any
news release on behalf of ASA on this issue. I think there is a
substantial support around that may not be as outspoken as those that are
against it.

On Thu, 4 Sep 1997, Keith B Miller wrote:

> Denis:
> 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
> Keith B. Miller
> Department of Geology
> Kansas State University
> Manhattan, KS 66506

Dr. Pattle Pun
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