Re: [asa] Science and the Public Good was Re: World sets ocean temperature record

From: David Clounch <>
Date: Sun Aug 23 2009 - 12:43:57 EDT

Why is it good for society for one group of Christians (NCSE) to battle in
court with another group of Christians (YECs)? Especially if the result
(the "effect") is to ensure that all ideas that might in any way support or
be compatible with any version of a Christian world view is then excluded?
Leaving only ideas that are compatible with and support the atheist

Remember, any school district that can ban Behe can also ban Collins. In
fact they can also ban all ASA materials too.

My school district has a policy which, if enforced fairly, must ban all ASA

This poisoned ground wasn't caused by atheists. It was caused by

I would ask Christians to please stop doing this. Please adopt a policy of
constitutional neutrality. A policy of tolerating and even accommodating
Christians with other views of science.

On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 9:29 PM, Rich Blinne <> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 7:18 PM, Schwarzwald <>wrote:
>> For that matter, there's no way to have a "non-political and non-partisan
>> use of science for the public good", precisely because just what the "public
>> good" is is something bitterly argued about on all sides.
> I don't dispute that this accurately describes our present situation but
> again as a Christian I vigorously disagree that this ought to be the case.
> It is the perfect illustration of how political polarization has poisoned
> science. As an organization the ASA is dedicated to the use of our
> scientific understanding for the public good. What is the public good? Jesus
> would have answered what is the best for my neighbor. To be sure, how we
> achieve the best for my neighbor is the warp and woof of political debate
> and is generally what is off limits here due the diversity of said political
> opinions of our members. What is beyond controversial is we should be
> preserving the life and health of my neighbor just as the Good Samaritan
> did. Again, how we finance that is a matter of political debate and thus
> controversial. That we are responsible for our neighbor -- at least for all
> Christians -- is not. At least it shouldn't be.
> Rich Blinne
> Member ASA

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