Re: [asa] New AAAS Statement Decries "Profound Dishonesty" of Intelligent Design Movie

From: David Opderbeck <>
Date: Mon Apr 28 2008 - 18:40:18 EDT

Ok, but the AAAS Statement also includes this:

"We hope lawmakers will follow the course of Judge John Jones III, who ruled
in the Dover, Pa. case that intelligent
design meets none of the tests of a scientific theory and is simply an
updated version of century-old creationist arguments."

Does the AAAS really want Judge Jones' constipated demarcation of "science"
to govern all future discussion of such questions? Is the AAAS even
qualified to opine about this?

And this:

"At a time when the United States faces serious economic challenges, we
cannot risk derailing efforts to provide the best possible science education
for the next generation of problem solvers."

Which is not quite as silly and offensive as equating everyone who accepts
evolution with Nazi stormtroopers, but is definitely a response in kind.
I.e.: anyone who takes any design idea seriously is a backwards fundie

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM, Rich Blinne <> wrote:

> Go to the link to also see an embedded video with Francis Collins which as
> they say in the Visa commercials, priceless. The video itself predates
> Expelled but still is nevertheless on topic.
> A new movie released in support of the intelligent design campaign
> needlessly drives a wedge between science and religion and insults the
> life-affirming work of millions of scientists worldwide, AAAS said in a
> statement issued today.
> The film, "Expelled," posits that science is unable to explain crucial
> gaps in evolution on Earth, and that the intervention of an intelligent
> designer was necessary to advance the development of life. The film claims
> that scientists ruthlessly suppress such challenges.
> The AAAS statement responds that evolution is supported by extensive
> evidence, and rejects the movie as a divisive effort to inject controversial
> religious ideas into public school science classrooms.
> "We were... especially disappointed to learn that the producers of an
> intelligent design propaganda movie called 'Expelled' are inappropriately
> pitting science against religion," said the statement. "This production
> badly misrepresents the scientific community as intolerant of dissent, when,
> in fact, respectful disagreement and questioning based on physical evidence
> represent the core of the scientific process.
> "AAAS further decries the profound dishonesty and lack of civility
> demonstrated by this effort. The movie includes interviews with scientists
> who report that they were deceived into appearing as part of such a
> production, and advance segments [of the film] broadly depict those who
> accept evolution as racist and sympathetic to Nazis. Such generalized
> insults are untrue and grossly unfair to millions of scientists in the
> United States and worldwide who are working to cure disease, solve hunger,
> improve national security, and otherwise advance science to improve the
> quality of human life."
> For more than a decade, AAAS has worked to build a constructive engagement
> between science and religion, through its Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and
> Religion and other programs. Further, the statement noted, more than 11,000
> Christian leaders in the United States have signed a letter<>affirming that evolution does not conflict with religious faith. The United
> Church of Christ recently sent out a pastoral letter expressing a similar
> position.
> Evolution "is based on a diverse and robust body of physical evidence,
> from fossilized bones to radiometric measurements of the ages of the Earth's
> rocks," the statement says. But the movie, by conveying misinformation about
> science and researchers, seeks to force religious viewpoints into science
> class--despite court decisions that have struck down efforts to bring
> creationism and intelligent design into schools.
> "At a time when the United States faces serious economic challenges, we
> cannot risk derailing efforts to provide the best possible science education
> for the next generation of problem-solvers," the statement concludes. "Our
> children deserve no less."
> Read the full AAAS statement<>on the movie "Expelled."

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