Re: [asa] Fw: Message to Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of Michigan

From: David Opderbeck <dopderbeck@gmail.com>
Date: Fri Apr 04 2008 - 23:04:13 EDT

I don't think the Governor of Michigan is in any event going to pay
attention to a letter from a church in Florida FILLED WITH CAPITAL LETTERS.

On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 10:53 PM, gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@colorado.edu>
wrote:

> Do any of you know exactly what this teacher was teaching and in what
> class? Did she teach irreducible complexity or Dembski's filter? I am
> interested in knowing how relevant the arguments in the letter to the
> governor are. By googling I found out that A Scientific Dissent from
> Darwinism is worded in such a way that it merely expresses skepticism about
> the sufficiency of random mutation and natural selection to account for
> life's complexity. It doesn't mention Intelligent Design, and among its 714
> signers are several prominent ASA members. It is not clear that they would
> all agree with the actions of this teacher or that they agree with each
> other on details.
>
> Gordon Brown (ASA member)
>
>
>
> On Fri, 4 Apr 2008, D. F. Siemens, Jr. wrote:
>
>
> > ----- Forwarded Message -----
> >
> > Recently a public school teacher was fired for presenting Intelligent
> > Design to her students.
> > Coral Ridge ministries wrote an interesting request to the Governor of
> > Michigan. I thought you might like to note its contents - for your own
> > storehouse of knowledge.
> >
> > The FACT that HUNDREDS OF PH.D.-LEVEL SCIENTISTS, including those with
> > doctorates from Cambridge, Standford, Cornell, Yale, Rutgers, Chicago,
> > Princeton, Purdue, Duke, Michigan, Syracuse, Temple, and Berkeley, and
> > teachers at MIT, Tulane, Rice, Emory, George Mason, Lehigh, and the
> > Universities of California, Washington, Texas, Florida, North Carolina,
> > Wisconsin, Ohio, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Georgia, New
> > Mexico,
> > Utah, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, have publicly expressed deep
> > skepticism of Darwinism, with one-hundred signing their names to a A
> > SCIENTIFIC DISSENT FROM DARWINISM;
> >
> > THE FACT that scientists such as biophysicist Dr. Dean Kenyon, author of
> > a leading textbook on biology, astronomer Dr. Allan Sandage, called by
> > the New York Times "the Old Man of Cosmology," and countless others have
> > now RENOUNCED DARWINISM AND EMBRACED THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN THEORY OF
> > NATURE based on their scientific observations;
> >
> > THE FACT that leading paleontologists, such as Dr. Colin Patterson of
> > the
> > British Museum of Natural HIstory, and the late Dr. Stephen J. Gould of
> > Harvard, have admitted that after 150 years of discovering fossils,
> > MAJOR
> > LIFE FORMS SEEM TO HAVE APPEARED VIRTUALLY INTACT WITHOUT THE "MISSING
> > LINKS" PREDICTED BY DARWIN AND ESSENTIAL TO HIS THEORY:
> >
> > THE FACT that teaching the Intelligent Design Theory of nature or
> > questioning Darwinism DOES NOT VIOLATE THE U. S. CONSTITUTION because it
> > does not require tax-funded schools to teach any particular viewpoint,
> > but only science;
> >
> > THE FACT that many well-qualified academics and researchers, as both The
> > Coral Ridge Hour Hour television program and the movie "Expelled: No
> > Intelligence Allowed" have shown, have been denied tenure and, in some
> > cases, employment as a consequence of questions raised or doubts
> > expressed about the evolutionary account for the origin of life:
> >
> > I join with thousands of other citizens to insist that our state
> > guarantee full protection to
> > any instructor in a publicly-funded educational institution, who
> > teaches objections to
> > Darwinism or Intelligent Design Theory - shielding them from
> > termination, demotion,
> > harassment, or any other penalty they might incur, due to their
> > balanced inclusion of
> > Intelligent Design Theory or challenges to Darwinism in their
> > instruction of students.
> > Please let me know what you intend to do to protect the academic
> > freedom of science
> > instructors in our state.
> >
> > Respectfully,
> >
> > Signed
> >
> >
> >
> > My response:
> > The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of Michigan
> > P.O. Box 30013
> > Lansing, MI 48909
> >
> > Dear Madam:
> >
> > One if your constituents E-mailed me a copy of the letter sponsored by
> > Coral Gables Ministries about the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID).
> > I'm sure you've received many of them. The claim that ID is science is
> > bunk. Relatively few of the individuals who signed "A Scientific Dissent
> > from Darwinism" are versed in the biological sciences. It took some time
> > to collect the signatures. However, a contrary statement was signed by
> > many more biologists almost overnight. Additionally, I have read the
> > testimony given in the Dover, PA, trial regarding the teaching of ID,
> > along with Judge Jones' decision. The judgment that ID is religion
> > rather
> > than science is clearly correct. Hence no jurisdiction in your state
> > should espouse this view and be subject to judicial condemnation.
> >
> > I visited the Coral Gables Church some twenty years ago. I noted
> > numerous
> > cars in the church parking lot with bumper stickers claiming that bar
> > codes are the mark of the beast, 666. Unfortunately for their view, I
> > have yet to find bar codes on the forehead or right hand of human beings
> > any place on earth (see Revelation 13:16-18). I believe these bumper
> > stickers are indicative of the lack of rationality in much of what the
> > group sponsors.
> >
> >
> > Respectfully yours,
> >
> > Dave (ASA)
>
>

-- 
David W. Opderbeck
Associate Professor of Law
Seton Hall University Law School
Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
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