Re: [asa] crocoduck on ABC Nightline

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Tue May 15 2007 - 20:49:08 EDT

Dave Opderbeck wrote:

"ASA could make a major difference with relatively little resources: do we have a public relations package and well-defined press liaison? ...
The ASA could produce a brief info backgrounder for the press, identify five or six well-qualified folks with various specializations who could speak broadly and intelligently, and -- most important -- make a regular effort to keep this informtion in front of reporters and producers on the "religion" beat.

Another key here, I think, is to get the idea of local ASA sections off the ground. First, such groups can purposefully pray about opportunities to relate true and faithful perspectives to the world. And, such groups create relational networks that lead to such opportunities."

We don't have that, Dave, but I would like very much to go in that direction. We have made some strides through our connection with the Religion Newswriters Association where we have managed to get ASA members signed up as regional contacts for the newswriters. I don't have a good measurement of how effective that is but it's a step in the right direction.

As for local sections, or chapters as the recent bylaw revision enables, I fully agree. Full speed ahead on that.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: David Opderbeck
  To: Craig Rusbult
  Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:28 AM
  Subject: Re: [asa] crocoduck on ABC Nightline

  This sort of thing is so easy to ridicule and so unnecessary that it has to just make your stomach hurt. It seems to me that this is a really, really key area in which the When I worked at a big law firm, I was quoted several times in the NY Times, Wired, etc. on patent and copyright law questions -- not because I was the best expert in the country, but because the firm had a marketing guy who cultivated a few contacts in the press and convinced them to call me, and I was ready with an appropriate sound bite. My experience -- no offense to any journalists here -- was that reporters were so busy and pressed for time that they were thrilled just to find a warm body who could say something that sounded half-intelligent.

  On 5/10/07, Craig Rusbult <> wrote:
> Tonight, ABC Nightline had a debate between the Rational Response Squad
> (atheists) and The Way of the Master (Christians: Ray Comfort and a former
> child actor, Kirk Cameron) who claimed it was easy to PROVE the existence
> of God.
> Cameron criticized evolution by asking why scientists had never found a
> transitional form like a croco-duck (as illustrated in a painting he held
> up for the camera) that was a transition between a crocodile and a duck.
> Sigh.
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