APS News, October 2005, Vol 14,No. 9 ----APS Should Survey Members on Intelligent Design

From: Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu>
Date: Tue Oct 18 2005 - 14:17:42 EDT

APS Should Survey Members on Intelligent Design

It is disturbing but hardly surprising that President Bush has gone on
record as supporting the teaching of intelligent design along with
evolution in the nation's public schools (NY Times, Aug 3rd). Even more
disturbing, though, is the statement attributed in the same article to
Dr. Richard Land, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberties
Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention that "evolution is too
often taught as fact....if you're going to teach the Darwinian theory as
evolution, teach it as theory. And then teach another theory that has
the most support among scientists."

One has to wonder from whom Dr. Land gets his information (presumably
not from the APS), and I would like to propose that the APS undertakes a
very simple statistical survey of its members to see which side they
support, and whether evolution and intelligent design should be taught
side-by-side in science classes. I hope the results would be
communicated to the White House by the President's Science Advisor.

David Cox
Bellport, NY
Received on Tue Oct 18 14:18:39 2005

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